New Delhi: Governments of many states have extended a helping hand to the hill state of Uttarakhand, ravaged by rain, landslides and floods.

States have not only announced financial assistance for the relief of the pilgrims stranded in Uttarakhand due to incessant rains but are also facilitating rescue operations.     

Condoling the death of those killed in the natural calamity in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced financial help of Rs 25 crore to the neighbouring state.
    
"The CM has announced Rs 25 crore financial help to natural calamity-hit Uttarakhand state and asked people to provide help to the state in any way," an official release said. Yadav assured that the state government would provide all help for relief and rescue operation in Uttarakhand.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday announced a financial assistance of Rs 10 crore for flood-affected people of Uttarakhand. "We have decided to provide a financial aid of Rs 10 crore to Uttarakhand to help the flood-affected people," Dikshit said.

The Punjab Government has hired a private helicopter to airlift pilgrims stuck at Sri Hemkund Sahib and its surrounding areas due to road blockades following flash floods.

The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced Rs 10 crore aid for rescue and relief of the pilgrims from the state stranded in Uttarakhand due to incessant rains and landslides.
    
As many as 1,353 pilgrims from Maharashtra are stranded in the northern state, of which 334 are still not traceable. The remaining 1,019 pilgrims could be contacted, government sources said.
    
The state government has decided to accord top priority to reach the stranded pilgrims in various districts of Uttarakhand and enable them to reach their destinations safely, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said after the state cabinet meeting.

The Gujarat Government would provide Rs 2 crore to Uttarakhand administration for relief measures in the hill state, ravaged by rain, landslides and floods, and depute its officials to coordinate rescue works.
    
The aid amount would be provided to the Uttarakhand Government from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. A decision to this effect was taken at a Cabinet meeting, presided over by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a statement issued by the State Information Department said.
    
A helpline number (079-23251902) has been launched for Gujarat-based pilgrims and tourists who are stranded in Uttarakhand, the statement said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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