Uttarakhand floods: Minor girl from Kanpur reunited with family

Kanpur: A fun trip to Kedarnath turned out to be a nightmare for nine-year-old Shivani whose young mind has been scarred by her almost near death experience and the loss of her uncle and aunt in the Uttarakhand calamity.

Shivani, along with her uncle Ramesh Chand Gupta and his wife Geeta had gone to Kedarnath.

According to the father of Shivani, Shankar Gupta, he had talked to Ramesh Chand, his elder brother, over phone on the night of 15 June. After that Ramesh had no contact with them.

Hope never perish. PTI

Hope never perish. PTI

Shivani, who is still under trauma, said that on 16 June she was separated from her uncle and aunt after a heavy downpour.

Her father said that he tried his best to contact them but in vain. Later, on 21 June, a lawyer from Gwalior called him saying that Shivani was with him.

"Mritunjaya Thakur, a lawyer by profession, said that he had rescued Shivani while she was stuck in the flood on 17 June," said Shivani's father Shankar.

Thakur told us that Shivani had a fractured leg and was in trauma as he took her to Gwalior for further treatment, he said.

Shivani told the lawyer that she was a native of Kalyanpur area of Kanpur. However, she did not remember the phone number of her house.

Thakur somehow managed to get the contact of her father, and, on 21 June, Shivani's parents came to Gwalior and took her home.

There is still no trace of Shivani's uncle and aunt for whom a missing complaint has been lodged.


Published Date: Jun 29, 2013 21:49 PM | Updated Date: Jun 29, 2013 21:50 PM

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