With this all pilgrims have been evacuated from Harsil. At least 450 people were evacuated by helicopters from Badrinath today. All able bodied and willing people were motivated by Army to undertake journey from Badrinath to Joshimath by a combination of foot and vehicles. While only 12 Kms is by foot, the balance 31 Kms is undertaken by vehicles. 900 people set out on foot.
While 244 have already reached Joshimath, the balance are on their way and are expected to reach by tonight. Evacuation was still on when last reports came in. Evacuation is also on in Pithoragarh district of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. 100 people were evacuated from isolated and cut off places and were brought to Dharchula where they were given food, water and medical aid by the Army. Hemkund axis has been totally cleared of all pilgrims.
Army veterinary team returned to Joshimath today after providing medical assistance to stranded animals and mules between Govindghat and Ghagria. Animal rations and veterinary medicines were also rushed to Gauri Kund for use by local people for their stranded live stock.
Army constructed another temporary foot bridge at Sonprayag for use by local population. Army’s endeavor to save every life – be it human or animal – is continuing relentlessly. More than 8,500 Army personnel & 13 helicopters have been pressed into service to provide rescue & relief in Uttarakhand.