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Man reunited with wife ‘presumed dead’ in flood in U’khand

The woman, who survived by begging on the streets, was too traumatised to utter even a word when she was found.

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Uttarakhand Disaster Response Force men help stranded pilgrims in Kedar Valley on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

Vijendar Singh, a native of Rajasthan’s Alwar district, has been reunited with his wife Leela, who was reportedly “presumed dead” following the 2013 Uttarakhand flash floods. Vijendar traced his wife near Heena village in Uttarkashi’s Gangori area in the last week of January. She was found in a traumatised condition.

Vijendar visited Uttarkashi in early January to find his wife. He showed her photographs to locals and eventually reached Heena, where he found her. The two then returned to Rajasthan’s Bhikhampura village.

“We are very happy. Vijendar had been searching for her since the floods. He last spoke to her over phone on the day of the tragedy. He never lost hope,” Leela’s brother Gopal Singh told The Indian Express.

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Vijendar registered a missing person complaint in Rishikesh in June 2013.
Following reports about Vijendar tracing his wife, the Uttarkashi police swung into action. “Some reporters from Rajasthan contacted the Uttarkashi DM. I sent a police team to Gangori where Vijendar claimed to have traced his wife.

Locals said the woman was staying in the area, but some said she had been seen there even before the 2013 tragedy,” Uttarkashi district SP J R Joshi said.
He said the woman was not in a position to speak. He said Vijendar had not contacted the local police after tracing his wife.