"Till 7:30 PM on Tuesday, 32 bodies have been recovered, while 174 are yet to be traced. The DNA samples will be kept safe and on the basis of that, the bodies will be identified," the state government said in a statement.
As per reports, around 600 rescue workers are involved in the operation, soon after two days the sudden flood in the Alaknanda river system at the spot.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in Parliament, said that the Centre is working in close coordination with the Uttarakhand government. "Rescue operation to evacuate these people is going on a war-footing and all-out efforts are being made for searching missing persons,’’ he said.
As per the officials, around 25 bodies have been identified. Still a massive rescue operation is underway to trace 174 more people, informed the state government said.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, "Multi-agency operation is on at multiple sites of the state to trace the missing persons. From the Kedarnath disaster of 2013, the experience that we have gathered is that the DNA samples of the bodies` have to be kept safe for their identification in the future."
The Uttarakhand government said that at the Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric project, rescuers have dug in almost 100 metres into a blocked tunnel in effort to save the stranded people.