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… many even after two years. Similarly, many interior roads and water supply schemes identified as damaged over a year ago are yet to be repaired.

“It is to be seen how the government copes with this catastrophe,” said Mamta Mamgain of Chamba in Tehri.

The residents of the Yamuna Valley doing commercial horticulture have suffered major losses as most of their agricultural fields had been washed away, said Mukesh Dhiman of Barkot.

R. P. Bhatt, the chief medical officer of Dehradun, said the bodies of 18 personnel who died in Tuesday’s helicopter crash near Gaurikund had been brought to the mortuary of the HIHT Hospital and Medical College for postmortem, collection of DNA samples and embalming.

Meanwhile, the President spoke to Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on the phone and enquired about the status of rescue and relief operations. Mr. Bahuguna made an aerial survey of Dharchula and ordered officials to reach essential supplies to the villagers immediately.