Uttarakhand tragedy: 32 dead, 197 still missing as boulders hamper rescue efforts in Tapovan tunnel

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Officials deploy drones, laser imaging for an aerial survey over the tunnel


Rescue operations are still underway in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district where flash floods in the Alaknanda river system caused widespread destruction on last week. A total of 32 bodies have been recovered while authorities put the official figure of missing persons at 197.

Apart from the loss of life and cattle, the flash floods also incurred heavy damage to the NTPC’s 480 MW Tapovan-Vishnugad hydropower project and the 13.2 MW Rishiganga Hydel Project. The floods also swept away several homes.

More than 600 personnel of The Indian Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in Chamoli district to carry out search and rescue operations.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat took to Twitter on Tuesday to thank ITBP jawans for transporting ration, medicine and other essentials to remote villages cut off as a result of the floods. Road connectivity remains affected in the villages of Raini Palli, Pang, Lata, Suraithota, Suki, Bhalgaon, Tolma, Fagrasu, Long Segdi, Gahar, Bhangyul, Juwagwad and Jugju.

According to officials at the site, the Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute has sent the laser imager, a hexagonal device which is suspended from a helicopter and which does laser detecting and ranging.


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