Mumbai: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said on Monday that more than 200 people were feared to be missing from the eruption of the glacier, causing heavy flooding in the Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers.
Rawat said, “Around 203 people are missing, of which 11 bodies have been recovered. We are estimating 35 people are trapped in the second tunnel. The rescue operation is on.”
Meanwhile, a team of SDRF-Uttarakhand police conducted a search operation around the Srinagar dam.
“We were informed that 178 people were left here (tunnel). Of which 15 were rescued yesterday. The rescue operation is going on in another tunnel. It is likely that 35 people are stranded in it. Priority is to rescue them as soon as possible,” said Neeru Garg, DIG Garhwal range.
MHA said that the mouth of the second tunnel has also been opened. Slush and silt extraction continue
On the other hand, the Indian Air Force said that air rescue and relief missions have been resumed with Mi-17 and ALH helicopters flying from Dehradun to Joshimath.
The Tapovan Hydro-Electric Power Dam, also known as the Sage Ganga Project, after the glacier burst in Chamoli, said the Indian Air Force’s initial report as Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) deployed at Joshimath has undertaken recce of the affected areas.
Rawat has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakhs each to the kin of those who lost their lives due to the glacial burst. A glacial broke in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand on Sunday, which led to massive flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers and damaged houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.
(With ANI Inputs)