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All out efforts for rescue of those trapped in Uttarakhand: Shinde Last Updated : 28 Jun 2013 04:08:03 PM IST Bravehearts killed in IAF chopper crash honoured
All out efforts will be made to find out those who are still trapped in the debris after the Uttarakhand floods disaster, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said after paying tributes to the twenty bravehearts,who died in chopper crash .
Praising the multiple agencies involved in the relief and rescue operations in the flood-devastated Uttrakhand ,Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday said all help would be provided by the Centre in bringing normalcy back to the hill state. "Weather has not been good, but all rescue officials have shown excellent coordination in rescue measures," Shinde said.
"We still don't know how many bodies are trapped under debris," he said.
I express my condolences to the families of those rescue officials who lost their lives in the chopper crash: Shinde.Addressing the media in state capital Dehradun, Shinde said, "There is excellent coordination between rescue teams. Our first priority was to evacuate more and more people and take them to safer areas. That job is almost done now and our focus is to clear debris and take out buried bodies.
Most of the people who are still stranded are in Badrinath. We are giving priority to the aged and the ailing people, says Shinde.
Addressing a press conference after taking stock of the rescue and relief works here, Shinde said it was still not known how many people continued to be trapped under the debris following the rains fury.
"We have to find out how many are still trapped under the debris," he said, accompanied by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, NDMA Vice Chairman M Sashidhar Reddy and other senior officials.
The Home Minister said many people continue to be stranded in Badrinath and some other locations and more helicopters will be deployed to rescue all those who have not been evacuated yet."The Air Force will deploy more MI-17 helicopters to evacuate all people in war footing. The helicopters fleet will be stationed in Uttarakhand for 15 more days," he said.
He assured all help for the relief and rehabilitation of the locals whose houses and livelihoods were washed away in the deluge.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde led the nation in paying tributes to the twenty bravehearts,who died in Tuesday's chopper crash while rescuing stranded people in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand.
I don't think China or any other foreign hand is behind Uttarakhand disaster: Shinde.
The Home Minister Shinde announced Rs 95 crores tourism package for Uttarakhand and assured that all adequate measures are being taken to prevent the spread of epidemic in the most affected areas o the hill state.
Shinde, Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, Army chief Gen Bikram Singh, senior officials of Army, Air Force, ITBP and NDMA paid their respect to the personnel at a special function organised by the Uttarakhand government and NDMA.
The 'guard of honour'-- a ceremonial mark of respect-- to the 5 Air Force, 6 ITBP and 9 NDRF personnel was led by Shinde.
The NDRF personnel were from ITBP on deputation to NDRF.Those killed in the chopper crash included Wg Cdr Darryl Castelino, Flt Lt K Praveen, Flt Lt Tapan Kapoor, JWO A K Singh, Sgt Sudhakar Yadav (all IAF).
The men from NDRF who died were Commandant Nitya Nand Gupta, Inspector Bhim Singh, Sub Inspector Satish Kumar,Constables K Vinaygan, Bassavaraj Yaragatti, Santosh Kumar Paswan, Sanjiva Kumar, Shashi Kant Ramesh Pawar and Ahir Rao Ganesh.
Six ITBP personnel who lost their lives were Commandant Nand Ram, Sub Inspector Jayender Prasad, Constables Jomon P G,Bibhuti Roy, Sarvesh Kumar and Ajay Lal.
The sophisticated Mi-17V5 helicopter of IAF had crashed in bad weather during a rescue mission in the flood-ravaged hill state.
Shinde said the nation would not forget the supreme sacrifice of these 20 brave men who gave their lives while rescuing thousands of people in the Uttarakhand floods."The guard of honour to the 20 bravehearts is a little step from our side to remember their supreme sacrifice for the service of the nation. We offer our prayer to all those who lost their lives," he said.Source: IANS, Other Agencies, Staff Reporters
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