Around 730 mules were rescued from the Alaknanda river in Govindghat in Chamoli district on Saturday even as heavy rains continued to obstruct relief operations in Uttarakhand.

The mules were rescued using a makeshift bridge set up by the Border Roads Organisation.

Bridge to be dismantled

S.A Murugesan, District Magistrate, said the bridge would be dismantled by Sunday morning after all the mules were rescued. In about five days, the Public Works Department will start building a permanent bridge in the area.

At present animal activists and members of animal welfare groups are working in the area to save mules that are still stranded in the Kedarnath Valley.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of ‘heavy to very heavy rain’ at several places in the State over the next few days. The incessant rains forced a Central government team, which came on an inspection visit, to wait for several hours before leaving Pauri. Chandresh Yadav, District Magistrate Pauri, said, “The teams had to halt in Pauri on Friday because of the weather. Today they left after the weather cleared up a bit.”

Cremations halted

Dilip Jawalkar, District Magistrate, Rudraprayag, said no bodies were recovered over the past three days, but cremations were halted in Kedarnath owing to bad weather.

The State government has ordered distribution of free ration to the affected villages in the State for a month. Distribution wouldstart in a week’s time, Mr. Murugesan said.

They were rescued using a makeshift bridge set up by the Border Roads Organisation