2,000 from UP still missing in U'khand

Uttar Pradesh government has said that 2,000 people are still missing in the flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, a far lower numbers compared with other accounts.

Officials here said on Friday that a little over two thousand people from UP were still traceless in Uttarakhand, while unconfirmed reports put the numbers as high as five thousand. UP government has decided to send a team to Uttarakhand to help coordinate the efforts to trace the missing people, sources said. The team would be led by a minister, they added.

The government has taken a serious view of the complaints of laxity against UP officials sent to the hill state to help rescue and transportation of pilgrims. Survivors returning from Uttarakhand have alleged that officials and the police team from the state showed no interest helping those from UP and were instead directing them to the Uttarakhand officials.

The government assured it would investigate and take stern action against apathetic officials. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday announced that Samajwadi Party legislators would each donate Rs 10 lakh to Uttarakhand government for flood relief. They would also make personal contributions.

“We will do whatever possible to help the Uttarakhand government to tide over the crisis and re-build the state,” Akhilesh said.

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