After six days since natural calamity struck Uttarakhand leaving thousands dead, the Uttar Pradesh government still does not have data of the people who are trapped in the hill state or have lost their life.
The officers of the state disaster management department, revenue department and irrigation department said they do not have figures about how many people from UP were on pilgrimage to Kedarnath.
Furthermore, they expressed ignorance over casualty data or information about the people trapped in the hilly areas. "We hope that Uttarakhand government would pass on the required information," a revenue department officer said.
However, the state authorities are trying their best to provide information to the kin of those missing in Uttarakhand.
The family members of the victims are being contacted and efforts are being made to trace them with the help of the Uttarakhand government, Army, Airforce and ITBP. Police stations have been told to find out the missing people in their respective areas.
The people whose family members have gone to Uttarakhand have started registering complaints on the help line launched by the state police. IG (Crime) Ashish Gupta said information of 300 missing persons have been received on the help line.
"We have passed the information on to the relief commissioner, Uttarakhand, urging him to trace the missing persons."
The DGP, Deoraj Nagar on Friday directed the superintendents of police of all the districts to preserve the DNA sample of all the dead bodies that are fished out or recovered from the rivers.
We have received information that bodies have been seen floating in the rivers in Uttarakhand and in Uttar Pradesh. The dead bodies might be of the pilgrims and tourists who fell victim to the natural calamity. DNA tests would help in the identification of the dead bodies, a police officer said.
The photographs of the dead and injured persons would be uploaded on the website of the Uttarakhand government. People could visit the website to find the information or where about of the missing persons.