It was announced that 12 doppler radars would be installed in the Himalayan region but till date not a single device has been installed. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) officials are not ready to speak on this issue.

An official, however, said on terms of anonymity that main reason behind last year’s tragedy was lack of adequate information system. If doppler radars were available in Uttarakhand, information about last year’s disaster could have been given in advance, the official added.

The Meteorological Department was asked to install 12 doppler radars in the state out of which four were supposed to be installed immediately.

Till date, the Uttarakhand government has written 40 letters to the Meteorological Department raising this issue but no action has been taken.

17 more skeletal remains found in Kedar Valley

Ahead of the first anniversary of horrendous flash floods which claimed thousands of lives in the state, authorities recovered 17 more skeletal remains and cremated them in Kedar Valley.

The total number of skeletal remains found and disposed of in the area during combing operations resumed recently had gone up to 35.

The Uttarakhand government had constituted a special task force to conduct intensive combing operations in the forests adjoining Kedarnath in search of bodies.

Every year, thousands of Hindus devotees make a pilgrimage to the Kedarnath Shrine as part of the Himalayan Char Dham Yatra to four temple towns in this hilly state. Other three pilgrimage spots are - Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.

Cloudbursts and resultant flash floods on June 16, 17 last year brought widespread havoc in the state. At least 5,700 people missing were presumed dead while more than 540 bodies recovered from the mountains were buried in the aftermath.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies

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