Uttarakhand floods: Rescue gathers steam, 50,000 still stranded

Rescue and relief operations have been stepped up on a massive scale across Uttarakhand as multiple agencies evacuated the worst-affected pilgrimage centre of Kedarnath and other areas. The death toll was feared to be in several hundreds. A child is rescued from Guptakashi by Indian Air Force near flood-hit Kedarnath in Uttarakhand on Thursday. (PTI)
Rescue and relief operations have been stepped up on a massive scale across Uttarakhand as multiple agencies evacuated the worst-affected pilgrimage centre of Kedarnath and other areas. The death toll was feared to be in several hundreds.
A child is rescued from Guptakashi by Indian Air Force near flood-hit Kedarnath in Uttarakhand on Thursday. (PTI)
An estimated 50,000 pilgrims are believed to be stranded at various places and there are reports of them running out of food and water. The government pressed nearly 50 military helicopters and more than 2,500 additional soldiers and elite para troopers on Thursday into rescue operations.  Rescued people in a special Indian Air Force chopper being air-lifted at Guptakashi near flood-hit Kedarnath in Uttrakhand. (PTI)
An estimated 50,000 pilgrims are believed to be stranded at various places and there are reports of them running out of food and water. The government pressed nearly 50 military helicopters and more than 2,500 additional soldiers and elite para troopers on Thursday into rescue operations.
Rescued people in a special Indian Air Force chopper being air-lifted at Guptakashi near flood-hit Kedarnath in Uttrakhand. (PTI)
 Although there are no reports of anyone being killed in Srinagar, which is on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway, residents are homeless as many parts of the town are under 12 feet of silt brought in by the river. (PTI)
Although there are no reports of anyone being killed in Srinagar, which is on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway, residents are homeless as many parts of the town are under 12 feet of silt brought in by the river. (PTI)
Rescuers are using helicopters and climbing through mountain paths to reach nearly 4,000 people trapped by landslides in a narrow valley near a Hindu shrine in the northern Himalayas.  ITBP personnel rescuing stranded pilgrims in flood-devastated Govindghat in Chamoli on Thursday. (PTI)
Rescuers are using helicopters and climbing through mountain paths to reach nearly 4,000 people trapped by landslides in a narrow valley near a Hindu shrine in the northern Himalayas.
ITBP personnel rescuing stranded pilgrims in flood-devastated Govindghat in Chamoli on Thursday. (PTI)
 The official death toll stood at 150 but Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said the number could run into several hundreds, and would be known only after areas become accessible and the water recedes. An aerial view of damaged roads in Uttrakhand on Thursday. (PTI)
The official death toll stood at 150 but Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said the number could run into several hundreds, and would be known only after areas become accessible and the water recedes.
An aerial view of damaged roads in Uttrakhand on Thursday. (PTI)
A hand of a body is seen buried under boulders of a landslide at Pithoragarh, in Uttrakhand. (AP)
A hand of a body is seen buried under boulders of a landslide at Pithoragarh, in Uttrakhand. (AP)
 Air Force personnel overseeing the operations says the helicopters are ferrying rescue workers and doctors along with equipment, food and medicine to Kedarnath.  Pilgrims near flood-hit Kedarnath shrine in Rudraprayag on Thursday. (PTI)
Air Force personnel overseeing the operations says the helicopters are ferrying rescue workers and doctors along with equipment, food and medicine to Kedarnath.
Pilgrims near flood-hit Kedarnath shrine in Rudraprayag on Thursday. (PTI)
The Alaknanda has also changed its course and now flows closer to human habitation.  An elderly stranded pilgrim is consoled by his relative after being rescued from the upper reaches of Uttarakhand in Dehradun. (PTI)
The Alaknanda has also changed its course and now flows closer to human habitation.
An elderly stranded pilgrim is consoled by his relative after being rescued from the upper reaches of Uttarakhand in Dehradun. (PTI)
A helpline is also being set up in all districts of the state to provide latest information about those stranded at various pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand.  Army men help a woman pilgrim during their flood relief operations in Chamoli. (PTI)
A helpline is also being set up in all districts of the state to provide latest information about those stranded at various pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand.
Army men help a woman pilgrim during their flood relief operations in Chamoli. (PTI)
Search engine giant Google has also launched an application "Person Finder" to offer information on missing people in flood-affected areas in the country, including Uttarakhand.    ITBP men rescuing stranded pilgrims using a rope at Govindghat in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. (PTI)
Search engine giant Google has also launched an application "Person Finder" to offer information on missing people in flood-affected areas in the country, including Uttarakhand.
ITBP men rescuing stranded pilgrims using a rope at Govindghat in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. (PTI)
Stepping up relief and rescue operations, the Defence Ministry has deployed more than 45 Army and IAF choppers along with more than 10,000 troops in the state.  Indian Air Force personnel unloading relief material from a chopper during their flood relief operations at Guptakashi near Kedarnath. (PTI)
Stepping up relief and rescue operations, the Defence Ministry has deployed more than 45 Army and IAF choppers along with more than 10,000 troops in the state.
Indian Air Force personnel unloading relief material from a chopper during their flood relief operations at Guptakashi near Kedarnath. (PTI)
IAF has deployed 20 Mi-17s and 16 Advanced Light Helicopters in the state where they have evacuated over 1,500 people. Army has also deployed over 8,000 of its troops along with over 3,000 personnel of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Defence Ministry officials said in Delhi.  Army personnel rescue pilgrims in flood-hit Hemkund in Chamoli district. (PTI)
IAF has deployed 20 Mi-17s and 16 Advanced Light Helicopters in the state where they have evacuated over 1,500 people. Army has also deployed over 8,000 of its troops along with over 3,000 personnel of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Defence Ministry officials said in Delhi.
Army personnel rescue pilgrims in flood-hit Hemkund in Chamoli district. (PTI)
The road communication between Uttarkashi and Guptakashi has been restored in the rain-devastated state and many stranded tourists and pilgrims have also been able to make way for Haridwar.   Indian Air Force personnel unloading relief material from a chopper during their flood relief operations at Guptakashi near Kedarnath. (PTI)
The road communication between Uttarkashi and Guptakashi has been restored in the rain-devastated state and many stranded tourists and pilgrims have also been able to make way for Haridwar.
Indian Air Force personnel unloading relief material from a chopper during their flood relief operations at Guptakashi near Kedarnath. (PTI)
Uttarakhand Principal Secretary (Home) Om Prakash told  reporters that 1,000 people have been evacuated from different places. There are still around 200 people in and around Kedarnath valley and their evacuation will be done soon.  ITBP personnel rescuing stranded pilgrims in flood-devastated Govindghat in Chamoli on Thursday. (PTI)
Uttarakhand Principal Secretary (Home) Om Prakash told reporters that 1,000 people have been evacuated from different places. There are still around 200 people in and around Kedarnath valley and their evacuation will be done soon.
ITBP personnel rescuing stranded pilgrims in flood-devastated Govindghat in Chamoli on Thursday. (PTI)
A flood hit family consoles each other after being evacuated by helicopter from upper reaches of Uttrakhand.  Days after floods killed more than 100 people rescuers used helicopters. (AP)
A flood hit family consoles each other after being evacuated by helicopter from upper reaches of Uttrakhand.
Days after floods killed more than 100 people rescuers used helicopters. (AP)

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