Various social and religious organisations have come forward to extend support and aid to the victims of the natural calamity in Uttarakhand.

In a statement, secretary-general of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) Archbishop Albert D’Souza has while expressing deep concern over the widespread devastation in the State due to flash floods and landslides expressed sympathy and solidarity with the stranded pilgrims and those who have lost their houses, shelters and other establishments.

Mr. D’Souza said the CBCI has through its social service wing, Caritas India, and through the diocesan organisational set up of the dioceses in Uttarakhand, stepped up its effort to join hands with the government and voluntary agencies to provide immediate relief and assistance to people affected by the massive floods and landslides.

In a related development, Oxfam India has announced immediate emergency relief response in the flood-affected areas of Uttarakhand. The non-governmental organisation said it was providing humanitarian assistance in the form of non-food items such as fleece blankets as well as dry food rations to the flood-affected and shelter-less.