THE FAMILIES of four youths missing after cloudburst here and flash flood here Friday met Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who visited the site of the tragedy.
“We know they (youths) are not going to come back alive. Yet, it’s important we should see their bodies and get them home for last rites. That’s the only wish” the families told CM as his shared their grief.
The relatives appreciated the efforts of the district administration to trace the bodies despite serious hardships on the ground.
During his visit to Chewadi, where the cloudburst had caused havoc and consumed four lives of youths from Punjab, besides a local guide, Chief Minister made enquires with Shimla Deputy Commissioner Rohan Thakur and NDRF personnel about the progress in the search operation. The NDRF was called on Thursday but there is no trace of the missing persons even as the Scorpio in which they were travelling was found completely wrecked.
The Chief Minister told the family members that the government will make all-out efforts to trace the bodies. The operation will continue on Saturday. Deputy Commissioner Shimla informed Chief Minister that area where they suspect the bodies having been buried now been physically marked for the rescue by the NDRF and local bodies .
Thakur informed later that a relief of Rs 4 lakh each had been given to the next of kin of the victims.