New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Wednesday said the death toll in Uttarakhand floods might touch 1,000 as more bodies are expected to be recovered from under the debris.
“There is eight to 10 feet of debris around Kedarnath temple and once it is cleared the death toll is expected to rise further and it might reach a thousand,” said NDMA vice chairman M. Shashidhar Reddy.
“Till last evening 560 people were dead, 344 were missing and 436 were injured,” he added.
The state government, however, has put the death toll at 845.
The NDMA has also sent a psycho-analyst to Uttarakhand to counsel the traumatised survivors, an official said.
“We have sent a psycho-analyst to Badrinath so that he can counsel the people who were stranded and have faced the disaster,” said Reddy, adding that even the locals would be counselled as many of them had lost their livelihood.
Hundreds of people have been killed in the heavy rains and floods that hit Uttarakhand, especially the temple town of Kedarnath, over 10 days ago. Thousands of stranded people, including pilgrims, have been rescued from the area.