Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sept 14:
The eight members of the Bhubaneswar Golf Club in Odisha, who were stranded in Srinagar for two weeks due to the devastating flood in the border state, recounted their harrowing experience to the media on their arrival here on Saturday.
The food stock at the hotel ran out after the first few days. We had some stock of fried gram with which we managed for three days.
There were only five bottles of water for 20 persons, including our team in this hotel. With us, there was a golf team from Pakistan. The Indian Army, which had come in search of the Pakistani team, finally reached the hotel and rescued all of us,” Dulal Pani, secretary of the Bhubaneswar Golf Club, told ‘Sambad’ after his team arrived at the city airport here.
Narrating his harrowing experience in Srinagar, Pani said he had never seen such devastating flood in his life. “We had gone to Srinagar to participate in a tournament. But the devastating flood shattered everything,” he said.
Pani said the Indian Army, after arriving at Hotel Renaissance, first rescued the women and then the men.
“We were later flown to Hotel Lalit. After staying there for four days, we arrived in Delhi on a flight. With us, there were teams from Chennai and other states. From Delhi, we finally boarded a flight to Bhubaneswar,” he added.
“We were extremely fortunate that the Pakistani team was staying with us at Hotel Renaissance without whom our plight would have been even much worse. Thanks to the Indian Army personnel, who arrived at the hotel in search of the Pakistani team and finally rescued all of us,” said a beaming Pani.