Uttarakhand victims' bodies flood UP rivers

Uttarakhand victims' bodies flood UP rivers

Uttarakhand victims' bodies flood UP rivers

Bodies of suspected victims of the Uttarakhand tragedy continue to flood Uttar Pradesh rivers, especially those which originate in the hill state.

According to the officials here, as many as 80 bodies, which were suspected to be those of the victims of the flash floods and washed away by the strong currents, had been recovered from different rivers in the state so far. The bodies have been fished out in Bulandshahar, Pilibhit, Allahabad, Bijnore, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut and Moradabad districts, the officials said.

The locals in these districts have also reported witnessing a large number of carcasses floating in the Ganges and other rivers. “A dozen bodies were recovered from the rivers in the past two days, when the state was lashed by heavy rain, causing the rivers to swell further.

More bodies are expected to be washed away in the rivers if the heavy rains continue,'' they pointed out. Though the local authorities were fishing out the bodies and collecting DNA samples from them and sending them for postmortem examinations, a majority of them were highly decomposed.

``Many are not even recognisable as they have been eaten by the aquatic animals,” the officials said. Other bodies were being photographed.

They said the things recovered from the bodies were also being preserved as they might help in the identification of the dead in case their kin turned up later.

``The bodies are being cremated after being kept for a few days,'' the officials said. The bodies had started reaching in the rivers of the state soon after the tragedy struck in the hill state. The cops in the state, in the beginning, did not even try to fish out the  decomposed bodies