Updated: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 09:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Over 100,000 rescued, 1,800 still stranded in Uttarakhand

Over 1,500 roads have been swept away, while around 2,000 houses and 154 bridges have been damaged


Over 100,000 rescued, 1,800 still stranded in Uttarakhand (© Reuters)

New Delhi: Persistent efforts over the past more than 10 days have succeeded in the evacuation of more than 100,000 people, including locals, from the rain and flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand as authorities cremated more bodies in Kedarnath Thursday. Around 1,800 people are still stranded in the state.

With 12 days elapsing since the flood-rain tragedy hit the state, a clearer picture of the massive losses has began to emerge. Over 1,500 roads have been swept away, while around 2,000 houses and 154 bridges have been damaged.

The bodies of 18 personnel - from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) - who were among the 20 killed in Tuesday's chopper crash were also recovered.

Ten of the bodies were taken to Gauchar, which the IAF is using as an air base for rescue operations.

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