Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh on Friday lauded the rescue efforts made by military personnel, as well as those of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Uttarakhand.
On a visit to the flash flood-ravaged state, General Singh visited Gauchar in the morning to review ongoing relief operations and pay tribute to the 20 people, mostly soldiers, killed in a chopper crash near Gaurikund on Tuesday. He said he was there to meet all ranks of army personnel, IAF, ITBP and the officials of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
The army chief offered his condolences to the families who lost their near and dear ones in the calamity and the helicopter crash.
General Singh said the army rescued around 34,000 people. “The aim is not to count the numbers. Effort counts… BSF, BRO and IAF have done a great job,” he said.
Praising the army’s Garhwal battalion personnel, he said, “Many of them had personal tragedies, but they refused to take leave and carried on (with the rescue operation).”
General Singh said depending on the state government request the army would help locals in rehabilitation process as well.
Due to bad weather, the army chief could not reach Joshimath. He also had to cancel his aerial survey plans as the weather ahead of Gaucher was not favourable as he returned to Dehradun.
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