Evacuations took place by road with the Army leading the way. People, who were being looked after in relief camps, were moved from Badrinath to Joshimath. Most of the 43-kilometre journey was covered by vehicles. For a 13-kilometre stretch, soldiers walked with batches of pilgrims to lend confidence and reassurance.
In the afternoon, Lieutenant General Anil Chait, the Central Army Commander and one of the seniormost officers, himself led a group of 500 people out of Badrinath. (See pics)
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