For hundreds, search for missing family members continues
Haridwar/Rishikesh: Photographs of loved ones taken on happier, merrier occasions, showing a family get-together or celebrations now adorn the walls at relief camps, railway stations and bus stands. For the many hundreds of kin, photographs are the one way to trace their kin still missing even after a fortnight-long rescue and evacuation work carried out in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand.
At the Haridwar railway station, relief camps have been set up by many state governments whose people had come to Uttarakhand for the Char Dham yatra when the rain-flood tragedy struck. Three days continuous rain, from June 14 to 17, coupled with landslides wreaked havoc and devastation in the hills, leaving in its trail many hundreds dead and an as many missing.
While over 100,000 people have been rescued, there are still hundreds who are untraced. It is same story at the Shanti Kunj complex, the headquarters of the spiritual and social organisation of All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) that was established in 1971, where three states - Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Odisha - have set up relief camps and many of their rescued people are staying in its sprawling complex.