Death toll could be over 1,000
Dehradun: Racing against time in the face of predicted adverse weather,over 10,000 people were Saturday evacuated from flood-ravaged Uttarakhand,including the worst-affected Kedarnath,as the death toll may touch 1,000. In all,70,000 stranded people have been brought to safety while more than 22,000 remain to be evacuated,officials said. The death toll is likely to be around 1,000, CM Vijay Bahuguna said. Officials said 123 bodies were recovered from the Kedarnath temple,complex raising the death toll there to 680.
Hemkund Sahib is not damaged
Patiala: The Shri Hemkund Sahib Management Trust Saturday said the Hemkund Sahib gurdwara in Uttarakhand. The main gurdwara building is intact and no loss has been caused to the sanctum sanctorum,where the Birs is installed, trust vice chairman Narinderjit Singh Bindra said. He said that though water level in the lake adjoining the shrine had increased after the glacier uphill came down,the staff at the gurdwara had erected embankments of sand bags to keep the water out. He also said that all pilgrims stranded at the shirne would be evacuated by Sunday.
India: No hand in Nepal floods
Kathmandu: India has refuted media reports that release of water from a dam in Uttarakhand caused the floods in western Nepal. Some media reports in Nepal have blamed release of water from reservoir of the 280 MW Dhauliganga hydroelectric project for floods that led to the death of 40 people. As Dhauliganga is a run-of-the-river project based on a small daily reservoir without any change in storage levels,the question of India releasing the dam water simply does not arise, the Indian embassy in Nepal said in a statement. PTI