Badrinath rescue operations coming to end, says NDMA

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Rescue operations at Badrinath in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand will end Tuesday as all stranded pilgrims have been evacuated, vice chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said here.

"Pilgrims who were stranded in Badrinath have been evacuated. About 150 locals will be evacuated by this (Tuesday) evening if the weather permits," M. Shashidhar Reddy, vice chairman of NDMA, told reporters.

He added that the supply of food to affected villages was a challenge as a roads and bridges were not accessible.

"Officials are trying to reach relief material to remote villages but poor road connectivity is a major problem. Choppers are being used to send supplies," Reddy added.

NDMA has put the number of villages hit by the tragedy at over 2,000.

Incessant rains that ravaged Uttarakhand for over three days from June 14 triggered flash floods and landslides, leading to hundreds of deaths, while hundreds are missing.

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