This amount is being donated to provide immediate relief to these victims of flash floods which overtook the region causing untold havoc in the state. These funds donated will go a long way in assisting in rescue and relief operation that have been stepped up across Uttarakhand as multiple agencies, army and other emergency services have been pressed into service. The death toll is feared to be in several hundreds and rising as we speak while the worst affected is the pilgrimage center of Kedarnath.
So far scores of people have been airlifted but numbers are steadily increasing as reports come in of more people stranded in various areas. Agriculture Minister Harak Singh Rawat has visited the area and has termed it as the ‘worst tragedy of the millennium’. He states that it will take a minimum of five years to recover from the extensive damage caused to the infrastructure network in Kedarnath region which was the most affected.
Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group said, ” We are shocked and grieved to learn of the unprecedented calamity and havoc created in Uttarakhand in the wake of the recent flash floods. This unprecedented human tragedy in the Devbhoomi calls for a quick response in terms of relief for the stranded pilgrims and the unfortunate residents of the affected areas. This is a token donation from our company in response to the appeal by the state government.”