What happens next???
A lot of the people who are local residents and who have also been evacuated have lost everything. They’ve lost their homes, they’ve lost their businesses, they’ve lost their loved ones. It is impossible for them to return to their homes because it may take months for these road links to be re-developed.
What about businesses and what about work and employment? These are long term questions that cannot be answered as quickly as the result of a successful rescue mission, which is why the long term story of Uttarakhand may well be a story of immense hardship for the thousands of local people whose lives have been destroyed by the merciless, unrelenting flood waters of these rivers in the state.
I salute to the IAF personnels, who have not just stopped at airlifting the flood victims but they are also taking time to share a kind word, a pat, or stopping by to feed the disillusioned, terrified elderly. Hats off to you and your spirit IAF!!!