68 declared dead in the Uttarakhand glacier outbreak

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The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Sunday has released a statement that a total of 68 bodies have been recovered so far following the glacier outburst.  Besides 68 bodies, a count of 28 body parts have been retrieved from the region of Tapovan district, said Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar.

NDRF Deputy Commandment, Aditya Pratap Singh revealed to ANI, “Total dead bodies retrieved from Tapovan stands at 32. Today, 13 dead bodies were recovered from Reni village and 18 from the Tapovan area out of which are 13 were recovered from the tunnel and one from the banks of Dhauliganga river. With this, the total number of bodies recovered so far is now 68.”

The operations are ongoing with the collaboration of JCB, NDRF and SDRF. Alongside, Nilesh Anand Bharan, Uttarakhand Police said that the local police, SDRF, Fire and Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) personnel are a part of the rescue operations.

The official said, “Out of the total 204 people missing in the natural disaster, 68 bodies and 28 body parts have been recovered from different places.”

The bodies and body parts recovered have been processed for identification at Community Health Center, Joshimath, along with District Hospital Gopeshwar and Community Health Center Karnaprayag thereby adhering to the norms of DNA Sampling and Protection.

The control room has been curated at Uttarakhand Police Headquarters. Jewellery, tattoos and various identification marks related to dead bodies are also being conserved via photography and videography, added Bharan. 

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