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Steps to rescue stranded pilgrims in full swing
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, August 23
Even as the bulldozers and other rescue and road-clearance equipment were rushed to the site of mudslides, the road near Rishikund could not be cleared. Over three hundred pilgrims on their way back from the Gangotri shrine were still stranded at Dabrani, near Rishikund in Uttarkashi, Disaster Management Department officials said.

The government planned to press choppers into service to conduct the rescue operations if the road was not cleared by the next day, said Tourism Secretary N.N. Prasad. The pilgrims have been stranded after mudslides from the Kalindi mountain left the road damaged on Saturday.

Over 50 pilgrims, who walked their way out towards Uttarkashi, have been rescued, the officials said. Arrangements have been made for the pilgrims to stay in Harsil and Dhola villages, the officials added. The food supply was adequate in the area and the district administration was supervising the arrangements, the officials said.

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