Uttarakhand: 68 bodies found at Kedar

Dehradun, Sept 7 : At least 68 bodies of missing people from the devastating Uttarakhand calamity in June were discovered at Kedar Valley area, officials said on Saturday.

According to reports, the people, beleived to be pilgrims, died of cold and hunger while trying to escape the devastation caused by the floods.

Earlier on Thursday, officials said at least 64 bodies of missing people were found at a place between Rambada and Kedarnath in Kedaar Valley area since the past 24 hours.

Uttarakhand IG (Law and Order) RS Meena confirmed the news of bodies being recovered from the high altitude area where a bridge had collapsed during the calamity.

At least 20 bodies were found in Rambada alone while the rest were discovered in other areas between Rambada and Kedarnath.

The area around Kedarnath shrine was wiped out in the calamity.

Unprecedented flash floods and cloudburst and even glacial leakage had caused what is called the "Himalayan tsunami" in June in ecologically fragile Uttarakhand state.

The disaster that struck around June 15 killed several thousand people while countless tourists and pilgrims were trapped in pitiable conditions and many went missing.

The disaster ravaged the state by wiping out roads, habitations and approaches to the key Hindu pilgrim shrines like Kedarnath, which is one of the four in the famous Char Dham (four shrines) tourist circuits.

--IBNS (Posted on 08-09-2013)

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