Uttarakhand calamity: Death toll mounts to 680, over 10,000 rescued

In a mammoth multi-agency operation by defence forces in peacetime, over 10,000 people stranded in various upper reaches of Uttarakhand were rescued while 22,000 still remain to be pulled out.  Pilgrims still waiting for the rescue chopper in Kedarnath. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
In a mammoth multi-agency operation by defence forces in peacetime, over 10,000 people stranded in various upper reaches of Uttarakhand were rescued while 22,000 still remain to be pulled out.
Pilgrims still waiting for the rescue chopper in Kedarnath. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
The personnel of Army, Air Force, ITBP, BRO and NDRF raced against time as the weather office predicted fresh rains on Monday and Tuesday. A total of 70,000 persons have been evacuated till date.  Pilgrims waiting for the rescue chopper in Kedarnath. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
The personnel of Army, Air Force, ITBP, BRO and NDRF raced against time as the weather office predicted fresh rains on Monday and Tuesday. A total of 70,000 persons have been evacuated till date.
Pilgrims waiting for the rescue chopper in Kedarnath. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Fresh sets of satellite phones were sent to the rain-ravaged state to allow people communicate with their families and to enable the personnel of various agencies communicate with each other.  Pilgrims waiting for the rescue chopper in Kedarnath. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Fresh sets of satellite phones were sent to the rain-ravaged state to allow people communicate with their families and to enable the personnel of various agencies communicate with each other.
Pilgrims waiting for the rescue chopper in Kedarnath. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
While 25 satellite phones were provided to ITBP, IAF, BRO and NDRF, 50 more sets are expected to reach Delhi from Congo tonight, ITBP's DIG (Operations) Austin Eapen said.  Pilgrims inside the rescue chopper of Indian Air Force at Guptakashi near flood-hit Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
While 25 satellite phones were provided to ITBP, IAF, BRO and NDRF, 50 more sets are expected to reach Delhi from Congo tonight, ITBP's DIG (Operations) Austin Eapen said.
Pilgrims inside the rescue chopper of Indian Air Force at Guptakashi near flood-hit Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
According to the latest figures provided by the state government to the National Crisis Management Committee at 4.00 pm yesterday, 557 people have died in the unfolding tragedy, while 412 have been injured. "These figures are tentative...its is  an ongoing operation," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said.  Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde at Dehradun airport to visit the Kedarnath flood affected areas in Uttarakhand (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
According to the latest figures provided by the state government to the National Crisis Management Committee at 4.00 pm yesterday, 557 people have died in the unfolding tragedy, while 412 have been injured. "These figures are tentative...its is an ongoing operation," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde at Dehradun airport to visit the Kedarnath flood affected areas in Uttarakhand (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Responding to suggestions about lack of coordination between agencies, he said while there could be operational difficulties, there is no lack of coordination. "The coordination is harmonious and seamless," he said. Rescued people in a special Indian Air Force chopper being air-lifted at Guptakashi near flood-hit Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
Responding to suggestions about lack of coordination between agencies, he said while there could be operational difficulties, there is no lack of coordination. "The coordination is harmonious and seamless," he said.
Rescued people in a special Indian Air Force chopper being air-lifted at Guptakashi near flood-hit Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
He agreed that there could be problems in distributing food to the needy given the size and nature of the calamity.  Pilgrims inside the rescue chopper of Indian Air Force at Guptakashi near flood-hit Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
He agreed that there could be problems in distributing food to the needy given the size and nature of the calamity.
Pilgrims inside the rescue chopper of Indian Air Force at Guptakashi near flood-hit Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
In Kedarnath, the NDRF personnel have identified 83 bodies which have been handed over to the local police.  People looking for their missing family members. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
In Kedarnath, the NDRF personnel have identified 83 bodies which have been handed over to the local police.
People looking for their missing family members. (IE Photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)
"The weather today was like yesterday. It was not as good as we expected...it is likely to stabilise. But we expect rains on Monday and Tuesday. We expect 3 to 4 cm of rain," Air Marshal S B Deo, IAF's chief of Air Operations said.  ITBP personnel making a rope bridge to rescue pilgrims near Gauri Kund after flood and landslide in Uttarakhand. (PTI)
"The weather today was like yesterday. It was not as good as we expected...it is likely to stabilise. But we expect rains on Monday and Tuesday. We expect 3 to 4 cm of rain," Air Marshal S B Deo, IAF's chief of Air Operations said.
ITBP personnel making a rope bridge to rescue pilgrims near Gauri Kund after flood and landslide in Uttarakhand. (PTI)
Army said in case rains hamper air operations, it was planning to bring as many people s possible by foot tracks.  ITBP rescuing a foreign couple near Govindghat. (PTI)
Army said in case rains hamper air operations, it was planning to bring as many people s possible by foot tracks.
ITBP rescuing a foreign couple near Govindghat. (PTI)
They are using light bridges to make way for light vehicles such as Sumo and Innova to retrieve those stranded. Though the Air Force lost three hours this morning due to bad weather, it carried out 300 sorties till this afternoon and airlifted 2,000 persons.  A washed away road near Dharali after flood and landslide in Uttarakhand. (PTI)
They are using light bridges to make way for light vehicles such as Sumo and Innova to retrieve those stranded. Though the Air Force lost three hours this morning due to bad weather, it carried out 300 sorties till this afternoon and airlifted 2,000 persons.
A washed away road near Dharali after flood and landslide in Uttarakhand. (PTI)
One of IAF's latest acquisition C-130 transport aircraft was utilised to evacuate more than 100 persons. In all, 150 sorties were undertaken today. MI-17 V-5 with advanced radars and autopilot were used to penetrate the valley. They also act as guide to other choppers to follow.  Army personnel removing a fallen tree from a river during flood relief operations in Govindghat. (PTI)
One of IAF's latest acquisition C-130 transport aircraft was utilised to evacuate more than 100 persons. In all, 150 sorties were undertaken today. MI-17 V-5 with advanced radars and autopilot were used to penetrate the valley. They also act as guide to other choppers to follow.
Army personnel removing a fallen tree from a river during flood relief operations in Govindghat. (PTI)
ITBP evacuated 4,000 persons today. The point of concern for rescuers is Jungle Chetti where about 400-500 people are still present. Army has already reached Jungle Chetti from where Special Forces have created foot tracks to enable able-bodied people to be moved to safer areas.  Army personnel rescue pilgrims at Tawaghat in rain-battered Uttarakhand. (PTI)
ITBP evacuated 4,000 persons today. The point of concern for rescuers is Jungle Chetti where about 400-500 people are still present. Army has already reached Jungle Chetti from where Special Forces have created foot tracks to enable able-bodied people to be moved to safer areas.
Army personnel rescue pilgrims at Tawaghat in rain-battered Uttarakhand. (PTI)
Of the 287 communication towers that were dysfunctional, 167 have been restored and the remaining will be functional by tomorrow, the minister said. Army Para commando in action to rescue at Gauri Kund in Uttarakhand. (PTI)
Of the 287 communication towers that were dysfunctional, 167 have been restored and the remaining will be functional by tomorrow, the minister said.
Army Para commando in action to rescue at Gauri Kund in Uttarakhand. (PTI)
The Oil Ministry is focussing on providing aviation fuel at Gauchar. IAF needs 55 kilo litre every day which is being arranged. Pilgrims rescued from Kedarnath alight from a chopper at the Gauchar helipad. (PTI)
The Oil Ministry is focussing on providing aviation fuel at Gauchar. IAF needs 55 kilo litre every day which is being arranged.
Pilgrims rescued from Kedarnath alight from a chopper at the Gauchar helipad. (PTI)
So far 110 kilo litres of aviation fuel has been delivered for the helicopter involved in rescue operations.  Pilgrims rescued from Gangotri boarding an IAF C-130 J aircraft at Dharasu on Saturday, following flood and landslides in Uttarakhand. (PTI)---plane
So far 110 kilo litres of aviation fuel has been delivered for the helicopter involved in rescue operations.
Pilgrims rescued from Gangotri boarding an IAF C-130 J aircraft at Dharasu on Saturday, following flood and landslides in Uttarakhand. (PTI)---plane

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