New Delhi: It was like hell on earth for Geeta Chauhan, a resident of Delhi, who had to take refuge in the forests of Uttarakhand hills for seven long days along with seven members of her team. When it seemed like she would starve to death, with no food or water around, they took to devouring grass and drinking water from the water-falls.

Geeta, a resident of Rohini in North-West Delhi, along with her family set for Kedarnath Yatra few weeks back. Another member of the family – Mukesh, is yet to recover from the trauma he had to undergo. They were more worried about the safety and well-being of their three children, who were also accompanying them.

Another family member Arati recalled how bodies were trapped within debris. She feels jittery even today recollecting the gory sight of dead bodies floating in the water. The ugly side of human nature was also on display, with many people busy stuffing themselves with the belongings of the stranded pilgrims.

The trail of suffering continued for seven days and things seemed to be come back to normalcy only after the army was pressed into service. What sounds appalling is how the local administration failed to do anything concrete for those who were stuck.

(Agencies)

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