New Delhi: In the wake of deadly rains and landslides in Uttarakhand, BSNL has set up helpline numbers to extend help to those whose closed ones are stranded in the affected regions.
BSNL started 1503 and 09412024365 numbers for the region to assist the pilgrims and their relatives seeking information.
A total of 18,000 people stranded for days in Gangotri, Joshimath, Badrinath, Kedarnath and Pindari glacier have been rescued so far.
On the basis of reports reaching Dehradun from the hills, the Uttarakhand police control room said the death toll would rise much above 1,000.
Lt Gen Anil Chait, commander-in-chief of the army's Central Command, which is spearheading the rescue operation, said that the army will rescue every single person stranded even in the remotest hills.
Admitting that this was "by far the worst tragedy" he had come across in his career, he said about 8,500 soldiers of the mountain division and medical core were deployed in the rescue and evacuation efforts.