Mumbai: So far, 32 bodies have been recovered from different areas in Chamoli district due to the bursting of the glacier, while 206 people, including 25-35 people trapped inside the Tapovan tunnel, are missing, according to the state government.
The rescue operation on the 2.5 km long Tapovan tunnel in Chamoli continued on Tuesday night. The teams performed slush and debris removal in the tunnel. Around 30 people are feared trapped inside. The machines left the tunnel all night more flushing.
A joint team of ITBP, NDRF, SDRF and sister agencies entered the tunnel this morning. The tunnel is still acceptable up to about 120 meters. More slush and water coming from inside the tunnel is making the road ahead difficult. A meeting of all agencies including ITBP, NDRF, Army and senior officials of local administration has been convened today to take further action.
Police have issued a helpline number to provide information about the bodies which have not yet been identified.
Police said, “Those who are missing can contact DIG Law and Order on +91 7500016666. They will be sent pictures of 24 dead bodies, which are yet to be identified.”
A joint team of ITBP, NDRF, SDRF and other agencies carried out rescue operations using drone cameras to see the feasibility of entering outside the cleaned space inside the Tapovan tunnel.
A glacial rupture broke out in the Tapovan-Raini area of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday, causing massive flooding in the Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers and damaging homes and the nearby Rishiganga power project.