New Delhi: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will visit Uttarakhand on Saturday to oversee the relief and rescue operations.

40 bodies found in Haridwar, many stranded

After an hour-long review meeting on relief and rescue operations, Shinde said there was an impression that lack of coordination among different agencies involved in the relief and rescue operations was hampering the government's mitigation efforts.

At the meeting, a former top bureaucrat was appointed as the nodal officer for relief and rescue operations in rain-ravaged Uttarakhand. “We have decided to appoint former Union Home Secretary VK Duggal as nodal officer to coordinate the relief and rescue operations. He will operate from Dehradun from tomorrow onwards," Shinde said.

The review meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Home, Defence, Food, Surface Transport and National Disaster Management Authority.

Meanwhile, forty bodies of flood victims were recovered from Haridwar on Friday, taking the toll in the rain fury to 190. The rescue operations in Kedarnath and Badrinath were stepped up with the deployment of 40 helicopters. Thousands of people are still said to be stranded in various parts of the state that was hit by cloudburst and floods in the upper reaches that left several hundreds of homes, rest houses and buildings in ruins and thousands of people missing.


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