Zee Media Bureau
Dehradun: The old saying, "The miracles we hope for is not always the miracle we receive" perfectly fits in the case of the devastating story of Kedarnath which was totally destroyed after torrential rains and floods during June 15-17 leaving behind hundreds of people dead in Uttarakhand.
And in what can be described as a divine intervention, "Rs 1.90 crore in cash were recovered from a bank locker pulled out of the debris at Kedarnath during cleaning operations prior to resumption of prayers at the Himalayan shrine on September 11," a senior police official on Sunday said.
The recovery might be helpful for the distressed people of the hill region exalted as the `Land of God` who were badly hit by heavy rains, storm and landslides.
Although three months have passed, Kedarnath still remains cut off with no approach roads, bodies are still trapped under mounds of debris and scared villagers migrating to the cities - with some even planning never return to their homes.
When people have lost all their hopes, the recovery of the locker, which belongs to the State Bank of India may prove to be a boon for the distraught people. The depositors who may have also got affected due to the flash floods in the state could now use this money.
The locker of State Bank of India was pulled out of the debris during cleaning operations on September 8, prior to resumption of prayer at the famous shrine, Rudraprayag SP Varinder Jeet Singh said.
However, SBI officials in Dehradun were immediately informed about the recovery of the locker.
The bank locker was opened in the presence of police and SBI officials yesterday at Kedarnath and the amount of Rs 1.90 crore recovered from it was handed over to SBI Chief Manager Anoop Lamba, he said.
Recently, in Chamoli district, Rs 33 lakh cash was recovered from a SBI locker pulled out of the rubble of a building housing a branch recently.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna today sought a detailed project report from a British agency for developing an early warning system in the hill state to effectively deal with impending natural disasters.
Bahuguna asked British agency Rescue Global to submit a report on installing an early warning system in the state, while meeting its commanding officer David Jones here, who apprised him of the international agency`s expertise in disaster management.
Rescue Global is an international crisis response charity and disaster management agency providing relief in the event of natural and man-made disasters across the world.
With PTI inputs