New Delhi: After Pithoragarh and Chamoli districts in Uttarakhand were hit by flash floods following a cloudburst in Uttarakhand, Army personnel were immediately deployed for relief and rescue operations in the affected areas.
During the rescue operations the Army jawans miraculously saved an old lady after almost 36 hours of her being buried under mud and debris.
Army columns were deployed yesterday after the calamity struck the Uttarakhand districts to help locate survivors from the rain-affected areas. The villages of Bastadi and Urma of Pithoragarh were the worst-hit areas. Army columns of Assam regiment was sent for rescue and relief operations for the villagers.
The rivers were flowing above the danger level and the incessant rain resulted in numersous landslides in the state.
Due to continuous rains and landslides most of the relief crew had to make it to the affected areas by foot. Choppers were unable to unable to land due to low visibility.
Heavy rainfall and flash floods in the region have washed away around 50 metres of the Gangotri highway road causing difficulties for rescue operations in the region. (see pic)
The MeT department has predicted heavy rainfall in Champawat, Almora, Pauri, Dehradun, Tehri, Udham S Nagar, Nainital and Haridwar for the next 48 hours. 
WATCH rescue operations (Video: Indian Army): 

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