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Narendra Modi denied permission to visit flood-hit areas; Shinde says VIP tours hamper rescue work

Bhaskar News | Last Modified - Jun 22, 2013, 04:32 PM IST

Gujarat Chief Minister Narednra Modi was denied permission to visit certain areas of calamity-struck Uttarakhand.
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    New Delhi/Dehradun: Home Minister Shushilkumar Shinde who dubbed the Uttarakhand tragedy as ‘Himalayan Tsunami’ on Saturday denied permission to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to visit certain areas of the calamity-struck region. Shinde reportedly said VIP visits to disaster-struck Uttarakhand are delaying rescue operations.
    According to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) election campaign chief Narendra Modi will be making an aerial survey of rain-ravaged areas in Uttarakhand where flash floods have claimed over five hundred lives and left thousands of pilgrims for Kedarnath Yatra and Char Dham Yatra stranded.
    Modi is expected to meet his Uttarakhand counterpart Vijay Bahuguna later in the day and assure him of all possible help for the state.
    Narendra Modi said on Friday that the natural calamity that struck Uttarakhand has the proportions of a ‘national tragedy’. “In this hour of crisis, the whole country stands in solidarity with the hill state. We will do all we can to lend a helping hand to the state government to deal with this crisis,” Modi told reporters soon after he arrived in Dehra Dun on Friday night.
    The BJP leader is also expected to undertake a tour of the affected areas in rain-hit Uttarakhand where the famed Char Dhams have borne the brunt of devastation, especially Kedarnath which has turned virtually into a ghost town with an unspecified number of bodies lying under tonnes of debris in the temple premises and many strewn all over.
    73,000 rescued, 40,000 remain stranded in Uttarakhand
    Rescuers were on Saturday racing against time to reach out to 1000 stranded pilgrims sighted in the gorges and ravines between Kedarnath and Gaurikund as 17 foreign tourists were evacuated from flood-hit Dharasu in Uttarkashi district.
    Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who arrived in the Uttarakhand capital to review rescue efforts said operations are underway on a war-footing to evacuate about 40,000 pilgrims stranded in various places and set a three-day deadline to the agencies involved to complete the evacuation process.
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    New Delhi/Dehradun: Home Minister Shushilkumar Shinde who dubbed the Uttarakhand tragedy as ‘Himalayan Tsunami’ on Saturday denied permission to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to visit certain areas of the calamity-struck region. Shinde reportedly said VIP visits to disaster-struck Uttarakhand are delaying rescue operations.
    According to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) election campaign chief Narendra Modi will be making an aerial survey of rain-ravaged areas in Uttarakhand where flash floods have claimed over five hundred lives and left thousands of pilgrims for Kedarnath Yatra and Char Dham Yatra stranded.
    Modi is expected to meet his Uttarakhand counterpart Vijay Bahuguna later in the day and assure him of all possible help for the state.
    Narendra Modi said on Friday that the natural calamity that struck Uttarakhand has the proportions of a ‘national tragedy’. “In this hour of crisis, the whole country stands in solidarity with the hill state. We will do all we can to lend a helping hand to the state government to deal with this crisis,” Modi told reporters soon after he arrived in Dehra Dun on Friday night.
    The BJP leader is also expected to undertake a tour of the affected areas in rain-hit Uttarakhand where the famed Char Dhams have borne the brunt of devastation, especially Kedarnath which has turned virtually into a ghost town with an unspecified number of bodies lying under tonnes of debris in the temple premises and many strewn all over.
    73,000 rescued, 40,000 remain stranded in Uttarakhand
    Rescuers were on Saturday racing against time to reach out to 1000 stranded pilgrims sighted in the gorges and ravines between Kedarnath and Gaurikund as 17 foreign tourists were evacuated from flood-hit Dharasu in Uttarkashi district.
    Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who arrived in the Uttarakhand capital to review rescue efforts said operations are underway on a war-footing to evacuate about 40,000 pilgrims stranded in various places and set a three-day deadline to the agencies involved to complete the evacuation process.
    Click next to read more
  • +2 See more slides
    New Delhi/Dehradun: Home Minister Shushilkumar Shinde who dubbed the Uttarakhand tragedy as ‘Himalayan Tsunami’ on Saturday denied permission to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to visit certain areas of the calamity-struck region. Shinde reportedly said VIP visits to disaster-struck Uttarakhand are delaying rescue operations.
    According to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) election campaign chief Narendra Modi will be making an aerial survey of rain-ravaged areas in Uttarakhand where flash floods have claimed over five hundred lives and left thousands of pilgrims for Kedarnath Yatra and Char Dham Yatra stranded.
    Modi is expected to meet his Uttarakhand counterpart Vijay Bahuguna later in the day and assure him of all possible help for the state.
    Narendra Modi said on Friday that the natural calamity that struck Uttarakhand has the proportions of a ‘national tragedy’. “In this hour of crisis, the whole country stands in solidarity with the hill state. We will do all we can to lend a helping hand to the state government to deal with this crisis,” Modi told reporters soon after he arrived in Dehra Dun on Friday night.
    The BJP leader is also expected to undertake a tour of the affected areas in rain-hit Uttarakhand where the famed Char Dhams have borne the brunt of devastation, especially Kedarnath which has turned virtually into a ghost town with an unspecified number of bodies lying under tonnes of debris in the temple premises and many strewn all over.
    73,000 rescued, 40,000 remain stranded in Uttarakhand
    Rescuers were on Saturday racing against time to reach out to 1000 stranded pilgrims sighted in the gorges and ravines between Kedarnath and Gaurikund as 17 foreign tourists were evacuated from flood-hit Dharasu in Uttarkashi district.
    Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who arrived in the Uttarakhand capital to review rescue efforts said operations are underway on a war-footing to evacuate about 40,000 pilgrims stranded in various places and set a three-day deadline to the agencies involved to complete the evacuation process.
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