Cabinet Secretary Coordinates Rescue and Relief Measures for Uttarakhand

The Cabinet Secretary held a review meeting here today with senior officers of the Government of India, Defence Services, the ITBP, Border Road Organization and the NDRF alongwith the officers of the State Government to coordinate the rescue and relief measures for Uttarakhand.

Coordinated efforts are being made with the State Government, the Air Force, NDRF and the Border Road Organization to ensure speedy evacuation, both by the air and land of the stranded pilgrims. The Government of India is supplementing the efforts of the State Government for requirement of food, medicines and fuel, wherever required.

39 helicopters from the Air Force and Army airlifted about 2,000 people despite cloudy weather. The airlifting operations will resume early tomorrow morning.

BSNL has been directed to immediately repair the telephone towers to restore communication in the next 2-3 days.

About 8,000 tonnes of foodgrains are available with the State Government. Arrangements to ensure fuel availability have also been made.

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