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Jun 23, 2013 at 08:20am IST

Uttarakhand: Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna announces 'Mahayagya' in Haridwar for flood victims

Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has announced a "Mahayagya" in Haridwar for those who lost their lives in the massive floods that swept thousands in the northern state. "After 12th or the 13th day, a Mahayagya for the lost souls will be organised in Haridwar," Bahuguna said on Saturday.

He said the bodies being recovered from different places in the state will be disposed of as per traditional rituals. The death toll has touched 1000 in the worst tragedy that Uttarakhand has seen as heavy rains caused massive floods and fatal landslides in the state.

Bahuguna has told CNN-IBN that bodies are being recovered from debris. "Casualties are definitely more than 500 and it could also be in thousands, but the correct figure will only be known once the slush is cleared," said Bahuguna. Ajay Chadha, DG ITBP, also said the toll could be higher but the actual estimate can only be made once the rescue operations wrap up.