Three friends went on a trip to Hemkund Sahib,but just one returned. Honey,the only one to return,has no idea of the fate of his friends. The three were separated as tragedy-hit Uttarakhand. Honey reached ISBT,Sector 43,on Thursday after being rescued from Rishikesh.
Recalling the chain of events,Honey,who hails from Amritsar,said that he was accompanied by his friends Asrinder and Honey Kapoor. He added that when they were on their way to Rishikesh,they had decided that in case they get separated,they would meet at the gurdwara in Rishikesh. He informed the authorities at Rishikesh about his missing friends,waited for long,but in wain,as he failed to get any information. He does not even know if they are alive. Emotions were high on Honeys face as he narrated his story. He just hopes for the return of his friends.
A group of boys from Khajeri village on Thursday heaved a sigh of relief when they reached their home town safe from Hemkund Sahib. On June 15,when the tragedy struck,they had reached Badrinath. For three days,they were stranded there. They stayed at Bharat Seva ashram and had food at a community kitchen. The authorities promised to contribute by providing oil and other food item to the community kitchen. But,nothing was done and the community kitchen was shut down.
A member of the group,Charan Singh,said it was hard to live under those circumstances. Due to lack of coordination in relief work,people have to suffer, he added.
Another survivor Harjinder Singh walked 14 km from Badrinath and used ropes at various places to move forward. From Joshimath,army personel brought them down. They had returned to the city after eighteen days. For them,the bond of friendship emerged stronger after passing through tough times.
Harshdeep Singh of Khanna,who was traveling with his sister and her two children,were at Gobind Ghat,at the time of the flash floods. There were around 200 cars and more than 150 bikes parked at a parking lot. But,the flow of water was so strong that the river swallowed all the vehicles. It happened within a few seconds. It is one of the biggest tragedies that could have struck, said Harjinder Singh.