46 landslide-hit from Bhadrak airlifted

Odisha government today said at least 46 persons belonging to Bhadrak district, stranded in Uttarakhand due to landslide, have been airlifted to safer place.

“On receipt of information from Collector, Bhadrak, regarding 54 persons of Bhadrak district stranded in Uttarakhand near Pandukeswar between Bardrinath and Haridwar due to landslide, steps were taken for their rescue,” Special Relief Commissioner G V V Sharma said.

All of them were safe and in good health, he added.

“While 46 of them have been airlifted today and have arrived at Joshi Math till 3.30 PM, the remaining ones will be ferried by helicopter,” a statement issued by the SRC office said.

The office of the Chief Resident Commissioner, New Delhi has been coordinating with the district administration of Dehradun, Sharma said.

The 54 persons were reported safe in the ITBP camp in the last two days and have been provided food, medical care and other requirements, he said.

The Uttarakhand government has already initiated rescue operations after Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan took up the matter.

“I spoke to the Additional District Magistrate concerned.

Arrangements are being made for food and treatment of the people stranded in Uttarakhand,” Pradhan said.

Bhadrak Collector L N Mishra also said “I have spoken to the people standard there. All of them are safe.”

Besides the stranded pilgrims from Bhadrak, there were others from Balangir, Bargarh and Mayurbhanj districts but SRC Sharma said he did not have the total exact figure as yet.