Uttarakhand Rescue, Relief Latest Update: Army Opens Sonprayag to Gauri Kund Link Road, Kedarnath, Badrinath Connected

The Director General, ITBP Ajay Chadha briefing the press on the issues of flood in Uttarakhand, in New Delhi on June 21, 2013. (PIB)

One week after the Uttarakhand flash floods, army on Friday opened the key road link from Sonprayag to Gauri Kund which is the base camp for trek to Kedarnath, and began evacuating about 1,000 people who were stranded at Gauri Kund along the newly opened road to Sonprayag and Tehri.

Army Para troopers with specialized mountaineering equipment reached out to people stuck in various gorges, ravines and nallas between Gauri Kund and Ram Bara on Friday morning. About 70 men are now carrying out search operations in Ram Bara area which was washed away by floods. Army Aviation pilots landed a special force at Jungle Chatti near Ram Bara and rescued 16 people from the river bed.

In the Joshimath sector, Army constructed a temporary bridge across Alaknanda River near Govind Ghat to facilitate stranded Hemkund Sahib pilgrims to cross over. Similarly two land slides between Govind Ghat and Gagariya have been cleared paving the way for pilgrims to move by foot. 500 people have been evacuated so far. Army teams reached Badrinath and Ghagriya, 91 people were evacuated by Army helicopters from Badrinath and 322 people were air lifted from Gagaria.

Army Aviation helicopters so far flew 104 sorties with 11 aircraft evacuating 523 people and delivering 13,000 Kgs of food, fuel and medicines.

Army teams last night reached Gangotri for the first time since the floods. Approximately 500 people in Gangotri are now in the process of being evacuated to Harsil. Army camp at Harsil provided shelter, food and medical aid to 1,500 people. Some of them have since been evacuated by helicopters from Harsil.

In all, Army on Friday air-lifted 3.6 tons of food to Harsil. Road Rishikesh – Gangotri has been opened upto Uttarkashi; road between Uttarkashi to Harsil is still not open to traffic due to land slides at number of places. This 74-Km stretch will be the focus of Army’s attention from Saturday.

In Pithoragarh district, eight stranded civilians were evacuated by Army helicopter from Milam today. A medical camp was established at Tijam providing medical aid to people affected by floods. 65 patients were treated by Army Medical team at Gothi in Pithoragarh district. 160 civilians were evacuated from inundated areas and moved to upper reaches
and were given first aid, food and shelter.

Army team has been takn by chopper and landed 12 Kms inside Pindari glacier in Bageshwar district of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand to link up and evacuate 50 people stranded on the glacier.

Four flood relief columns of Army are assisting civil administration in evacuating people from flood affected areas of Pilibhit, Laksar, Mawana and parts of East Delhi. 1354 people have so far been evacuated from Pilibhit alone.


Rescue And Relief in Uttarakhand: Fact Sheet (21.06.2013)


IAF UPDATE (Till 1230 Hrs of 21 June 2013)

-IAF has committed 13 more aircraft to `Op Rahat` taking the total number of aircraft to

-IAF is also activating landing grounds – Gauchar and Dharasu in Uttarakhand to establish
air bridge for chopper movement.IAF plans to operate ALH and Cheetah from Gauchar.

-A heavylift Mi- 26 has already landed at Gauchar with 30 barrels of fuel and 70

-Mi 26 will continue to operate in this area to maintain supply of aviation fuel and
rescue work. It will also provide helilift to the heavy equipment of BRO for repairs and
construction work as well as support construction of temporary helipads for better
evacuation of those stuck or stranded using small helicopters.


In pursuance of announcement of the Prime Minister, GOI has released an amount of Rs.
145.00 crore from SDRF (State Disaster Relief Fund) to the Government of Uttarakhand on
20th June 2013.

Home Minister is visiting the state tomorrow.

33,192 pilgrims have been rescued to safer places. The search, rescue and relief
operations are being carried out by the State Administration with the help of Helicopters
from Army, Indian Air Force and private helicopters. NDRF, ITBP, SSB, Army Personnel are
assisting State Government in the search, rescue and relief efforts. NDRF and ITBP have
rescued 885 and 3707 persons respectively as on 20.06.2013. 90 air sorties were conducted
today using 17 IAF/ Army helicopters and 11 private helicopters. NDRF has recovered 18
dead bodies.


· In the affected districts of Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttar Kashi, 739 towers are in
place, of which 207 are down.
· They will be made operational in 24 hours subject to access.
· Emergency services: 100, 101, 102, 108 are all operational. This includes not only
BSNL, but also private telecom operators.
· The Department of Telecom has also issued instructions to all Telcos, that the toll
free public utility emergency numbers must be operational and accessible to customers in
affected areas by 3pm today.


Availability of Petroleum Products in flood-affected regions

ATF – Aviation Refuellers have been positioned at Rampur, Shimla and Gauchar. 42
refuellings comprising of 36000 litres have already been carried out from these locations
between 19th and 20th evening for the helicopters involved in rescue operations.
Refuellers are also on the way to be positioned at Joshimath, Bageshwar, Dharasu and
Pithoragarh. Backup supplies for these refuellers have been arranged from Ambala and
Panipat Terminals. District Administration is providing assistance to reach the
refuellers/backup supplies to all destinations due to bad traffic/ road conditions.

LPG – Efforts are being made to supply LPG to the distributors from Haridwar and Haldwani
Bottling plants in Uttarakhand. One truck load has been dispatched on 17th and 18th June
2013 and 2 loads dispatched on 19th June, 2013. 21 truck loads are in transit to the
affected markets. Both the above bottling plants are operating normally and all efforts
are being made to dispatch loads to the affected markets through open routes in
coordination with State Government. LPG cylinders have already started reaching

MS/HSD/ SKO- As road connectivity has been restored till Joshimath and Uttarkashi from
Rishikesh, supplies have been released from respective Depots of IOC, HPC and BPC.
Adequate stocks are being maintained at all Retail/SKO Agencies and LPG Godowns.

Advance release of 60 kl of Kerosene Oil against the quarterly allocation for
flood/landslide relief in Uttarakhand has been authorised by MOP&NG.

The situation is being closely monitored and efforts being made to attain normalcy at the


· Special trains have been arranged to evacuate stranded persons from the calamity hit
Uttarakhand areas.

· Special Trains have started running from Haridwar. Yesterday i.e. on 20.6.2013,
three specials were run to Lucknow, Delhi and Ambala respectively. More specials are
being planned as per the requirements.

· In coordination with Government of Uttarakhand, Indian Railways has decided to carry
stranded passengers free of cost to their respective destinations.

· Railway administration is ensuring that sufficient Empty Coaching Rakes are sent to

· A Task Force has been set up at the level of Railway Board under Chairman Railway
Board, Shri Vinay Mittal to monitor the situation.

· Northern Railway and its Muradabad Division have fully geared up for making
appropriate arrangements (Uttarakhand falls mostly under Muradabad Railway Division of
Northern Railway).

· The following Senior officers have been deputed as Special officers in charge of four
most crucial points:

I. Dehradun-Sh. Sanjeev Garg, Chief Commercial Manager/Freight Marketing–Mob.no.

II. Rishikesh -Sh. D. K. Singh, Chief Commercial Manager/Project-Mob.no. –

III. Haridwar -Sh. Hitendra Malhotra, Additional Divisional Railway Manager
/Moradabad-Mob.no. 09760534001

IV. New Delhi -Sh. Vivek Srivastava, Additional Divisional Railway Manager/Delhi-
Mob.no. -09717631001
These Officers are maintaining liaison and co-ordination with the State Civil Authorities
and ensuring management and dispersal of passengers by Train services, running of special
trains and also ensuring setting up of passenger help booths at these locations to be
manned round the clock.

· The following Helpline nos. have been installed:

I. Haridwar: 09760534054/09760534055

II. Dehradun: 01352-622131

III. Rishikesh:01352-434167

· RPF officers with adequate contingent of Inspectors/constables have been deputed at
these locations.

· Doctors and paramedical staff in sufficient numbers have been deployed at these

· Railways have ensured setting up of additional Booking and Enquiry Counters at
above Locations for handling the additional requirement of Booking, Enquiries and Refund

· Adequate arrangement of Catering facilities and Drinking water has been ensured at
these locations.

· Frequent Announcements through the Public Address System regarding status of Trains
and other Passenger related services has been ensured.

Latest Update as of 1800 Hrs on 21 June 2013 is as follows:
Approximately 16,000persons have been rescued so far by Road and Army Helicopters. 115Helicopters Sorties have been carried out so far.
Paratroopers have been dropped at Rudraprayag-Kedarnath.
Plugging of Breach on Shivpuri Bund at Laksar is under progress.
Army Aviation is operating in Pithoragarh, Joshimath, Dharchula&Gaucher and approximately 100 Paratroopers inserted in small teams to cut off areas.
6650 Kg of relief material provided.

The Army has taken following actions at Pooh Sector in Himachal Pradesh:

Restoration of BSNL communication.
Snow/boulder clearance.
Clearance of helipads.
Establishment of three Radio detachments at critical Areas.
Flood monitoring detachments activated at Lepcha, Sumbo, Shipkila&Khab.

· IAF has committed 13 more aircraft to 30 aircraft already carrying out the relief and rescue efforts taking the total number of aircraft to 43 which includes 36 rotary wing aircraft( 23 Mi 17IV/Mi 17 V5, 11 ALH, 01 Cheetah, 01 Mi 26), two C130Js, three AN 32, one AVRO and one IL76.
· As on today – total of about 185 sorties have been flown since morning inducting 332 rescue workers and evacuating 1357 persons which also included one pilot of a civil aircraft that crashed at Junglejatti near Kedarnath.
· IAF is also activating landing grounds – Gauchar and Dharasuin Uttarakhand to establish air bridge for chopper movement and plans to operate ALH and Cheetah from Gaucher.
· A heavyliftMi- 26 has already landed at Gaucher with 30 barrels of fuel and 70 paratroppers.
· A C130J committed to recce mission to check valley clearance and facilitate further relief and rescue operations is also planned to land at Dharasu.
· Mi 26 will continue to operate in this area to maintain supply of aviation fuel and rescue work and will also provide helilift to the heavy equipment of BRO for repairs and construction work as well as support construction of temporary helipads for better extraction of those stuck or stranded using small helicopters.
· IAF has also started operating detachments at Pithoragarh and Joshimath. IAF also dropped 500 Kg food packets and 8000 Kgs air landed 96 barrels of fuel positioned at Jolly Grant by two AN 32.
– At Shimla Detachment three shuttles were detailed from Rampur to Sangla. Three helicopters are operating ex Rampur and focus is on Changla and Pooh axis.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.