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Uttarakhand floods aftermath: Epidemic grips Kedarnath, 50 tonnes of wood being assembled for mass cremation
Jun 24, 2013, 18:01 PM IST
Dehradun/Chandigarh: The officials have made all the necessary arrangements for cremating the dead bodies of those who have lost their lives in the catastrophic floods in Uttarakhand.
Wailing mothers, paralysed or handicapped elderly people; the sight of the day at any place in Uttarakhand is tormenting and excrutiating. For those still stranded their, the suffering continues to create havoc emotionally, physically and mentally.
However, another serious concern is that due to the rotting of dead bodies, the area has come under the grip of an epidemic.
People are suffering from Diarrhoea. The officials have directed the forest and respective departments to assemble woods to complete the last rites of the dead bodies.
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However, as rainfall continues to play hide and seek, it is getting difficult to make such arrangements possible.
Little relief has come from the state government in the calamity stricken area where every monsoon brings its own mood swings. Strange the state suffers this routine every year but no provision has been made to tackle any adversity or calamity.
There were reports the pilgrims stranded in upper reaches of Uttarakhand were looted and jewellery items were removed by miscreants from dead bodies. Uttarakhand, rescuers claim to have recovered over Rs. 1 crore allegedly from ‘babas’ (godmen) who looted the cash and jewellery from devastated town and its people.
According to officials, many of those trying to make away with the loot were religious men or "babas", and were only caught because of some alert troopers.
According to a report publish in Indian Express, the stolen jewellery and money, some of it in muddied and wet bundles of cash, amounted to Rs. 1.25 crore.
MCP leader Sitaram Yechury said that his party was the first one to provide relief measures to the victims in Uttarakhand. He added that the VIP visits in the flood-ravaged area is hampering the relief measures. Hence, such visits should be made only after the rescue operations are
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah may have differences with the Army over its stand on AFSPA, but today said he admired the forces for rescuing thousands of people from flood-ravaged Uttarakhand.
"Regardless of my disagreements with the Army about AFSPA etc, I have to admire and salute the amazing job being done by them (Army), Air Force, ITBP," Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Nearly 15,000 people still remain stranded in Uttarakhand today with rain and new landslides impeding rescue operations. Helicopters have been unable to fly today to most parts of the state. Landslides have cut off major routes that were being used to evacuate people by foot.