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The heavy rain and floods in the hilly states of Utharakhand, H.P. etc has caused unprecedented loss of lives of hundreds of local people as tourists who have come to visit the holy shrines at Vaishno Devi, Kedarnath, Badrinath and other places. Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and thousands of people have to stay in temporary camps. Thousands of people who have come from outside are stranded. The tragedy is beyond imagination.

All our sympathies are with the people of these states whose suffering continues. Many of the BSNL families might also have been affected, though we do not have the information.

All support to the suffering people have to be extended by all. It is also reported that in many places the communications system has failed. It is our duty to restore the same at the earliest so that information could be passed. The BSNL Management has to take immediate action to restore communications. The workers are prepared to put all their efforts in this connection. The Forum has given call to all the unions to extend all help in this matter.