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U'khand floods: Frantic families leaving no stone unturned

Press Trust of India  |  Guptkashi 

Desperate for an assurance about well being of their dear ones, an anxious family from Delhi's RK Puram is circulating pictures among the survivors at a relief camp here in hope of a word of consolation.

Surendra Rawat had reached Kedarnath on June 15 with his wife Soni, two teenage daughters and 8-year-old son.

The last time their kin had contacted the family, they were told by Rawat that it was raining heavily in Kedarnath.

"Next day, when we heard about the cloudburst, we tried to contact them, but failed. There is no of them yet," said a family member over telephone.

People from the Rawats' native place have fanned out in the Kedarnath area in search of the family.

"We have done everything we could to find them, but we are yet to meet with any luck," their relative said.

Rawat's family is among the number of such families belonging to Delhi who have been hit by the nature's fury in Uttarakhand.

Sapna Goyal from Shastri Nagar, however, is luckier. She had come to Kedarnath as part of a group of six, all from Delhi.

While five of them are already at the intermediate college-turned-relief camp here after being rescued, the other member is also safe and sound in Son Prayag, Sapna said.

"I can't tell you what we had to go through between last Saturday and today. Ask me how we managed to reach here. I have seen 4,000-5,000 people perish in front of my eyes," she said.

Seeing it raining in Kedarnath, they had left the place on Sunday morning itself. Some of them had decided to walk back.

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First Published: Sun, June 23 2013. 18:05 IST