A day after Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said there was a lack of coordination between agencies involved in the rescue operations in flood-hit Uttarakhand, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Saturday went into damage control mode, saying that there was no problem of coordination.
“All agencies are continuing to work in coordinated manner. All elements of government power brought in for rescue and relief operation. There is seamless coordination between agencies working on the ground,” Tewari said.
On Saturday, authorities confirmed that the death toll had hit 1,000, but there was still no full accounting of those missing. Tewari said the causality figure is tentative given the fact that rescue operation was still going on. Citing the report received from Uttarakhand, he said around 22,000 people were still stranded.