Uttarakhand, June 24 ():In order to enable people find out the last mobile phone location of their relatives and friends trapped in flood-hit Uttarakhand, State-run BSNL has opened helpline numbers – 1503 and 09412024365.
Talking to reporters BSNL CMD RK Upadhyay admitted that BSNL had enabled the helpline to help people get the last mobile location update in Uttarakhand and can dial 1503 or 09412024365. BSNL is likely to restore functioning of mobile towers at crucial places in the next three days.
A number of telecom towers were affected due to the wrath of the nature. Some private sector telecom companies such as Airtel has arranged Emergency Alert Service free of cost for the customers registered in the Visitor Location Register in the flood-hit areas and has also made arrangements to inform victims about the emergency Helpline Toll Free number of Indian Army. Through customer information SMS numbers, all government, army, paramilitary helplines to Visitor Location Register customers are being provided.
Meanwhile, after MeT department proclaimed possibilities of undesirable weather in Uttarakhand region from Monday, light rain in Uttarkashi was reported on Sunday night. According to Meteorological Department Director BP Yadav, though lot of cloud cover in the Kumaon region is visible, it is expected to spread to the Garhwal region also. However, the southern region is likely to see heavy rainfall, said Mr Yadav.
Today morning, two Air Force choppers have left for carrying out rescue operations in the flood-affected areas in Harsil. A total of 8,000 people are still stranded in Badrinath, 1,000 are stranded in Pithoragarh and 100 people are still at Hemkund Sahib.
Even after appropriate efforts are taken by the administration who rushed towards the site in a multi-agency operation, it is a matter of great concern as 22,000 people are still trapped in the flood-affected areas following massive landslide triggered by the fury of monsoon last Sunday, said Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Vijay Bahuguna.