At Badrinath, thousands stranded; no damage to temple

Updated: June 25, 2013 14:16 IST
Here are a few dramatic pictures of stranded pilgrims in Badrinath today.
At Badrinath, thousands stranded; no damage to temple
Today's rescue operations are focused on nearly 5,000 people who are in Badrinath, where four choppers made sorties and evacuated 60 people, officials said. Seen here are security personnel helping stranded batch of pilgrims in Badrinath in Uttarakhand.
At Badrinath, thousands stranded; no damage to temple
Stranded pilgrims, many of whom are children, are seen with raincoats waiting for help in Badrinath.
At Badrinath, thousands stranded; no damage to temple
An aerial view of the Badrinath temple, which unlike the Kedarnath temple, has remained largely undamaged.
Dramatic pictures from flood-ravaged Uttarakhand
Locals unload a large piece of wood to be placed on to the Air Force's big helicopter - the Mi-170.

The Air Force dropped off firewood and other material needed for a mass cremation for the hundreds of bodies found in different parts of Uttarakhand.
Dramatic pictures from flood-ravaged Uttarakhand
After heavy rain overnight and this morning, the weather improved in Uttarakhand, paving way for Air Force helicopters to fly and evacuate over 6,000 people who are stranded in different parts of the state.

Seen here are workers engaged in loading and offloading wood, to be carried for cremation of the flood victims.
Dramatic pictures from flood-ravaged Uttarakhand
In its largest rescue operation ever, the Indian Air Force has pulled out all stops as it battles difficult terrain and hostile weather to bring out people stranded in Uttarakhand. One if its innovations are the Garuds - self-contained special force commando teams from Delhi.

Seen here are Garuds preparing for rescue operations in Gauchar.
Dramatic pictures from flood-ravaged Uttarakhand
A chopper rests on a water-logged helipad in Gauchar in Uttarakhand. Overnight rains, foggy and overcast conditions in the morning did little to help rescue operations commence.
Dramatic pictures from flood-ravaged Uttarakhand
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today did an aerial survey of Guptkashi and Kedarnath, the epicentre of disaster in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand. Bad weather did not allow Mr Gandhi's chopper to land.

Seen here is Mr Gandhi about to board the chopper headed to Guptkashi.
Dramatic pictures from flood-ravaged Uttarakhand
Authorities clear a damaged road caused by landslides in Gauchar in Uttarakhand.

The death toll in the disaster officially now stands at 822. More than 120 bodies were found today in Kedarnath, which is the worst-hit area.

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