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Uttarakhand Kedarnath floods disaster rescue live update: Day 10

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6.30 PM: MI17 Chopper crashes while returning from Gaurikund, 8 out of 19 occupants dead

In a sad turn of events, a rescue chopper returning from Gaurinkind with 19 people inside including rescue team members has crashed. Out of 19 occupants, at least 8 are reported to have died in the crash. The dead include 5 crew members.

5.15 PM: 60 pilgrims rescued from Badrinath, death toll may rise significantly when debris is removed

The National Disaster Management Authority says that they suspect there are many dead bodies under debris strewn across the flood affected areas and were still attempting to figure how they could detect them.

“There is no such terminology as a ‘national disaster’. The disaster in Uttarakhand has been declared a disaster of severe nature,” a senior official of the NDMA said at a press conference today.

Meanwhile helicopter rescue operations to evacuate around 9000 stranded people on Tuesday gained pace after rains and fog in the morning delayed the mission in flood-hit Uttarakhand where the death toll mounted to 822 with 127 more bodies recovered from Kedarnath.

3 PM: Death toll touches 822 with more body recoveries, 60 people still trapped in Pithoragadh

The official death toll has now reached 822 in the flood disaster after torrential rains on 15-16 June in Uttarakhand, while there are still number of travellers and pilgrims stranded at different locations in the state.

Meanwhile air rescue operations from Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib have been suspended again to due bad weather.

New reports says that 60 people are trapped in Pithoragarh as rescue teams fail to reach due to bad weather.

The Centre has today allocated an additional 4,000 tonnes of wheat and rice for relief measures in flood affected Uttarakhand.

1.50 PM: Official death toll reaches 807 as 127 more bodies recovered from Kedarnath

The day began much like yesterday, as rain and fog delayed rescue operations in Uttarakhand where the death toll in the flood tragedy has reached 807 with 127 more bodies recovered from Kedarnath.

Meanwhile security forces have begun the process of cremating decaying corpses lying in the shrine premises.

In fresh incidents of landslips from Tehri district, a woman and a child were killed.

There was delay in take off by choppers at Sahasradhara helipad and Jolly Grant Airport due to foggy and overcast conditions in Dehradun but as the weather improved, air rescue operations to retrieve around 9000 people have resumed.

Also in a positive development, water supply has been restored in Badrinath, Joshimath, Rudraprayag, Srinagar, Uttarkashi and many other places of Uttarakhand.

12.20 PM: Search and rescue operation over in Kedarnath, no more survivors

After searching thoroughly, defence and paramilitary personnel have found no survivors and are now wrapping up their mission in Kedarnath. So search and rescue operation in Kedarnath and surrounding areas is over for all practical purposes.

Meanwhile Supreme Court has asked government to step up relief operations in Uttarakhand after reading the Action Taken Report from Uttarakhand and Centre.

11.15 AM: Choppers take off from Dehradun as weather clears

Finally rain has subsided and choppers have taken off from Dehradun to rescue still stranded people in Uttarakhand.

10.50 AM: 2 washed away in Devprayag cloud-burst, 430 evacuated from Harsil Gangotri access, heavy rains predicted

Even though heavy rains are hampering rescue operations, people are still being evacuated.  430 people have reportedly been evacuated from the  Harsil Gangotri access while about 6,000 people still wait to be rescued.

In Devprayag, 2 people have been reported to have washed away due to fresh cloud burst. The road to Rudraprayag is not accessible due to fresh land-slides as well.

Air rescue operations are in danger as heavy rains have been forecast for most of the day.

It has also been reported that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is stuck in Uttarakhand due to bad weather.

25th June, 9.30 AM: Rains hamper rescue ops, mass cremations may take place today

About 10,000 people are still stranded in the hills of flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, waiting to be rescued as heavy rains continue to hamper rescue operations.

It has been raining continuously since night in Rishikesh, Dehradun, Harsil, Gangotri and Uttarkashi while Choppers are waiting to take off once the weather clears. However the weather forecast is not very positve as more rains are predicted in the next 72 to 96 hours.

Gangotri is likely to get about 40 to 70 mm rains on Tuesday.

Rains and thundershowers are expected in Kedarnath for the next 3 days.

Heavy rains have been predicted for Badrinath too, which will make the rescue operations more difficult. It is going to be a tough task for the army and other agencies to reach those stuck in the hills.

Beacuse of more rains, landslides and cloudburst halting rescue operations, only 164 out of a total of 5,000 pilgrims stuck in the Badrinath could be evacuated to Joshimath on Monday with the help of small six-seat aircraft that could make limited sorties.

In all about 1,000 people could be rescued from many other areas including Chamoli and the Gangotri Valley.

830 people were rescued from Harshil, Maneri and Bhatwari in Uttarkashi district to Dharasu.

Side by side plans to dispose off the dead bodies lying for past many days are in motion to avoid any major outbreaks of diseases. 150 quintals of wood, sourced from local depots, was transported to Gauchar Monday. From there the wood would be moved to Kedarnath by helicopter. Given the amount of wood that’s required, it would take a very large number of sorties.

But beacuse of rain on Monday, helicopters could not take off so another day was lost. Authorities now say they plan to complete the mass cremation on Tuesday, weather permitting.

Updated at 6.30 PM