Wednesday, 18 September 2013

684 bodies recovered in Uttarakhand

At least 684 bodies have been recovered after flash floods ravaged Uttarakhand.

DIG G S Martolia who led the search operations told TOI that 628 bodies have been recovered so far of which 529 bodies were recovered from Kedarnath valley and Rudraprayag district. The other bodies were recovered from Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Haridwar and Tehri districts.

He said an additional 56 bodies were recovered from the Ganga from Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad and Bijnore districts.

Efforts have been intensified to retrieve an estimated 100 more bodies that may be still be stuck under debris in Kedarnath and nearby areas in Rudraprayag district.

"Although it is difficult to ascertain the exact number of people who were buried alive in the natural catastrophe, the magnitude of tragedy has indicated that over 100 more bodies may still be lying trapped under the heaps of debris," said a senior IPS officer who was part of search team in Kedarnath.

Members of search team said that efforts should continue to retrieve remaining number of bodies under the debris. "We will be able to uncover remaining bodies if the debris is cleared," Martolia said.

A senior scientist in Dehradun-based Wadia Institute on Himalayan Geology said debris will need to be cleared scientifically in a highly ecologically sensitive zone like Kedarnath to prevent the possibility of a major landslide. "Those who will clear the debris in Kedarnath will have to take into consideration this specific factor before doing the job," he said.

Wednesday 18 September 2013


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