Lucknow/New Delhi: With 3,000 still missing in monsoon ravaged Uttarakhand, rescue operations in the hill state gained pace on Friday after weather improved a bit. Residents of a village near Manda district in Uttar Pradesh on Friday were horrified when six corpses floating on water settled on the banks of their village. Most of the dead bodies were rotting as they were in open for more than ten days.
Local police took the help of villagers and pulled the bodies out of water later in the day. Cops estimated corpses traveled some 500 km before they reached the Kothra Ghat near the village. They also said there are chances they are victims of Kedarnath tragedy.
The local police have launched a hunt for the identification of bodies. It was learnt three corpses are of men and rest are of women. All of them are rotting and have been shifted to nearby mortuary till their identification process gets over.
Meanwhile, aid groups had warned two days ago that rotting corpses contaminating water sources could lead to outbreak of epidemic such as dysentery and cholera.
State authorities on Friday admitted thousands have died in the catastrophe that struck hill state of Uttarakhand 12 days ago.
Rescue teams launched a decisive push to evacuate the remaining 1,000 stranded pilgrims from Badrinath in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand on Friday. 17 choppers were flown to evacuate people still stranded in parts of Uttarakhand and Badrinath.