New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi will on Wednesday make an aerial survey of rain-ravaged areas in Uttarkhand.

The situation created by the heavy rains and floods in the state was discussed at the Congress Core Group meeting on Wednesday morning.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the situation in Uttarakhand is better than what it was on Tuesday and Food Minister KV Thomas is taking steps to rush more food grains to the flood-hit Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

"The objective is to ensure that food grains and food packets are available to the affected people," he said.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that IAF helicopters have been deployed to evacuate stranded people from Gaurikund in Uttarakhand while a control centre has been established in Badrinath. ITBP has given shelter to about 6,400 people at Joshimath, he said.

"Fourteen teams comprising 540 persons of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Uttarakhand. 62,790 people are stranded in Uttarakhand. 5000 people have been rescued by the Army," the Home Minister said.

Both Singh and Gandhi had on Tuesday written to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and has assured him all assistance in rescue and relief operations.

Shinde said that Gandhi and the Prime Minister will be undertaking the aerial survey on Wednesday afternoon.


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