Dehradun: Officials in calamity-hit Uttarakhand have said that many of the bodies have decomposed and cannot be identified, however, their DNA is being prerserved. (Agencies)
State government officials with forensic experts, sub divisional magistrates and the police officials have now started an operation to identify dead bodies. Many of the bodies have been decomposed and cannot be identified. officials have said their DNA will be preserved.
The officials who reached Gaurikund and Kedarnath for the identification process said that some bodies had decomposed and stood no chance of being recognised. "Things are in a mess, many bodies have been eaten up by dogs, many have decomposed and many are lying buried under the debris, mud and boulders," said an official.
Officials have said that the death toll and trail of devastation would now become more harrowing as rescuers spend their energy on fishing out the dead from the Kedar valley and the nearby areas.
"Dozens of villages, several vehicle parking lots where cars were parked with the drivers inside have been washed away in the torrential rains...there must be hundreds missing from there," the official said. A day after Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna feared that 1,000 people might have been killed in the calamity, the state's Disaster Management Minister Yashpal Arya put the death toll at around 5,000.
Dehradun: Officials in calamity-hit Uttarakhand have said that many of the bodies have decomposed and cannot be identified, however, their DNA is being prerserved.