Monday, 9 September 2013

Uttarakhand tragedy: No more bodies recovered in Kedar Valley

No more bodies were found in the upper reaches of worst-hit Kedar Valley of Uttarakhand during the past two days, even as the third round of combing operations continued for the seventh day today.

Sixty-eight more bodies were found in the Valley on Friday and since the relaunching of combing operations on Tuesday, a total of 166 bodies have been recovered and cremated, officials had said.

The highly-decomposed bodies were recovered about three months after the floods hit the state in mid-June.

Mountaineers and commandos of Uttarakhand Police are braving a difficult terrain at a height of 12,500-13,000 feet to find out the bodies, and trying to finish the disposal work before September 11, the scheduled date for resuming prayers at the Himalayan shrine, they said today.

Meanwhile, the weather in Uttarakhand remained largely clear except light to moderate rains lashing a few places including capital Dehradun, which received the maximum 35 mm of showers till this evening, followed by Tehri 3.8 and Pantnagar 2 mm, it said.

With the state government's deadline to restore the damaged road network drawing near, Border Roads Organisation is carrying out repairing work on war footing, the Disaster Management and Mitigation Centre said.

Many roads, including the Rishikesh-Badrinath and Rishikesh-Gangotri national highways, are blocked at many places by debris brought down by landslides.

Monday 9 September 2013


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