Team set up to dispose of corpses in Uttarakhand

  • Nihi Sharma Sahani, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
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  • Updated: Jul 01, 2013 11:04 IST
  • Uttarakhand rescue operations

    Air Force’s MI-17 helicopter landing at the Harsil Army helipad — the lift-off point for the rescued. (HT Photo/Prasad Nichenametla)

  • Uttarakhand rescue operations

    Lt Gen Anil Chait takes stock of the situation at the Army camp, consoling those affected. (HT Photo/Prasad Nichenametla)

  • Uttarakhand rescue operations

    Jawans of the Garhwal Rifles distributing food to the victims, camping at the school. (HT Photo/Prasad Nichenametla)

  • Uttarakhand rescue operations

    Army set up tents in the local school for pilgrims trickling in from Gangotri on foot. (HT Photo/Prasad Nichenametla)

  • Uttarakhand floods

    On June 17, the flood waters were still sweeping through Dharali, burying vehicles in deep silt. (HT Photo/Prasad Nichenametla)

  • Uttarakhand floods

    The Uttarkashi-Gangotri road blocked by alpine trunks, boulders and rubble. (HT Photo/Prasad Nichenametla)

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    Flood waters as seen from the hotel balcony in Dharali. (HT Photo/Prasad Nichenametla)

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    The same stream, when the rains cut the Uttar­k­ashi-Gangotri road, obstructed pilgri­ms from reaching the army camp for two days. (HT Photo/Prasad Nichenametla)

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    The morning before the floods, school girls from Dharali cross the little stream that empties into Bhagirathi River. (HT Photo/Prasad Nichenametla)

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    Villagers cremating the body of Laxmi Prasad (48 years) beside a river near Mayali in Uttarakhand. (HT Photo/Arijit Sen)

A 200-member team comprising policemen, forensic experts, mountaineers, fire fighters and helpers will be headed for Kedarnath to unearth thousands of bodies buried in debris, officials said on Sunday.

Half the team will fly out from the Guptkashi base station to reach the disaster zone by Monday afternoon while the rest will join later. 

“The team’s take off will depend on the weather,” deputy inspector general of police Sanjay Gunjiyal told HT.

Officials said the team has been asked to collect DNA samples as chief minister Vijay Bahuguna was against any autopsies on bodies recovered from Kedarnath.

“Mountaineers and fire fighters were roped in to help digging out bodies buried deep inside the debris,” an administrative officer said, adding 50 police personnel were picked for the job.

Meanwhile, health officials allegedly did not start disinfecting the Kedarnath area despite 26,250 kg bleaching and 5,000 kg limestone powder being dispatched. Purification of water with 500,000 chlorine balls in Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts did not start too.

GS Joshi, director general of health, put the onus of using chlorine balls on Asha and Anganwadi workers.


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