Flash floods in Northern India kill at least 60 and strand 50,000

Tornos, a tour company located in Uttar Pradesh, India, issued a statement regarding the flash floods in Uttarakhand from a temporary Rishikesh Rescue Camp Office set up only for this emergency period

Flash floods in Northern India kill at least 60 and strand 50,000

Tornos, a tour company located in Uttar Pradesh, India, issued a statement regarding the flash floods in Uttarakhand from a temporary Rishikesh Rescue Camp Office set up only for this emergency period inTapovan, near a police outpost:

“The state of Uttarkahand is experiencing the worst early flash floods. This is quite an unheard of phenomena in this period of the year, as usually monsoons start from June 15, and floods are expected in later parts of the year.

All measures are being taken by the State government to rescue tourists who are stranded in the higher reaches due to the ongoing Char Dham, trekking, hiking, etc. We at Tornos have set-up our own rescue system to combat this emergency.

All tourists being handled by Tornos in this region are being provided emergency help and evacuation. We are providing free shared transport out of Haridwar, so as to allow tourists to reach Delhi and continue with their further programs.

Tornos has tied up with a few basic hotels to provide overnight halts free of cost in Haridwar to all tourists who have been evacuated or are stranded in Haridwar, though this is only an overnight facility by Tornos, but if agents have booked their tours through us, we will be pleased to extend this for 2 nights, too, in special cases without any obligation.

We at Tornos have pressed a private helicopter to get our tourists from Kedarnath, Gangotri & Govind Ghat. This facility is being extended free of cost for all tourists being handled by us in the region.

It is recommended that all upcoming trips to Haridwar/Rishikesh/Dehradun be canceled until the situation gets a bit comfortable. For your information, the Road from Haridwar to Rishikesh is shut due to the flash floods and all city tours, and the aarti ceremony is suspended until further notice.

Our Haridwar office is working 24/7 to combat this grave situation. Nevertheless we wish to assure you that team Tornos stands with all the guests being handled by us, and we will leave no stone unturned to provide all help to tourists.

We wish to assure you that no tourists are left alone during this time of crisis, and our team from our Lucknow office, too, has reached Haridwar to provide assistance to all guests being handled by us.”

The Minister for Disaster and Relief in Uttarakhand, Yashpal Arya, said: “We are unable to confirm the number of deaths since most of the communication lines have broken down across the state. But at least 60 people are feared dead and nearly 50,000 are stranded,” in a statement to AFP. Government official, Amit Chandola, stated on television: “The situation is very grim. The meteorological office has predicted that the rain will continue for another three days at least.”

View video of building being washed away from flooding.

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