Police and disaster management workers found 166 bodies of flood victims in India's northern hill state of Uttarakhand over four days, officials said Saturday, dpa reported.
The bodies would be cremated with required rituals after DNA tests and autopsies, Uttarakhand police inspector general RS Meena said.
Heavy monsoon rains triggered devastating landslides and floods in the region, catching thousands of pilgrims visiting Hindu shrines in the Himalayan region, tourists and locals unawares.
In mid-July, the state government said more than 5,700 people missing after the floods would be presumed dead.
An estimated 922 bodies have been found since the floods, according to unofficial estimates.
The administration began a search for the bodies after the monsoon rains receded at the end of August, a state disaster management official said.
The bodies found over the past four days seemed to be mostly pilgrims who had climbed to higher reaches to escape the floods and died due to exposure or starvation, Meena said.
Most of the bodies were found in Kedar valley, a region cut off for nearly a fortnight after roads and bridges washed away.
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