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Over 200 pilgrims rescued, 500 still stuck in Badrinath

Over 200 pilgrims were taken to safety from Badrinath on Sunday with the Uttarakhand government saying that only 500 more remained there with adequate food and medical care even as disposal of bodies in affected areas and transportation of relief material posed a fresh challenge.

Chief minister Vijay Bahuguna said a 200-member team consisting of officials of various departments, including police, health, animal husbandry experts and sanitation, is being sent along with equipment provided by the NDRF toboth Kedarnath and Rambada to extricate the bodies from the debris and expedite the process of their disposal.

The last rites of those killed in Rambada too is likely to start in a couple of days, he told reporters here after a meeting of top officials to review the current situation in the flood-ravaged state.

‘Clearing tonnes of debris lying in the affected areas and extricating decaying bodies which may be lying under them is our top most priority at the moment,’ DGP Satyavrat Bansal, who attended the meeting along with chief secretary Subhash Kumar, said.
‘Thirty four bodies have already been cremated in Kedarnath shrine area and 55 to 60 more which are visible on the ground are yet to be cremated and the process will be taken up on a war footing by a rescue team considering the threat of an epidemic outbreak 15 days after the calamity,’ he said.
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