Rescue operation to use UAV in Kedarnath


National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel have rescued 3,500 people stranded in Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath, following floods and landslides, since Thursday and now plan to use UAVs to zero in others stuck in the area, an official said.

Of the 3,500 pilgrims, 743 were rescued Saturday from Kedarnath, Jungle Chetti and Gaurikund area.

“A total of 153 people were evacuated from Kedarnath, 470 from Jungle Chetti and 120 from Gaurikund,” said an NDRF official, adding 615 people are still stranded in Jungle Chetti and Gaurikund axis.

“With the help of helicopters, we are planning to rescue around 140 people from these areas by Sunday morning,” said the official.
The NDRF teams have also recovered 123 dead bodies from Kedarnath area in last three days.

“A total of 83 bodies were recovered Saturday from Kedarnath while one body was found from Gaurikund,” said the official, adding: “We are planning to take help of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to find out the stranded people and bodies.”