More than 50 skeletons of the victims of the 2013 Uttarakhand floods were found on both sides of the Kedarnath-Triyuginarayan road, on Sunday, said Garhwal Range IG Sanjay Gunjyal. In September 2013, the Uttarakhand government had released the final list of people missing in the catastrophic floods in the state. The list contained 4,120 persons, including 92 foreign nationals who disappeared after the calamity. The verified final list included 421 children out of which 168 were from the state of Uttarakhand.
The 2013 Uttarakhand floods were the country’s most disastrous natural calamity since 2004 Tsunami in Tamil Nadu. Flash floods, cloudbursts and subsequent land slips led to massive floods in Uttarakhand in 2013. Thousands of pilgrims on chardham yatra for Himalayan shrines (Badrinath,Kedarnath,Gangotri and Yamnotri) were stranded. As per the list provided by the state government on 16th July 2013, more than 5,700 people were declared in the “presumed dead” category, which included 934 local residents.
The then chief minister, Vijay Bahuguna, faced criticism for his handling of rescue operations during the floods. He gave his resignation from the position on 31st January 2014 and was replaced by Harish Rawat.