40 dead, 164 missing: Rescue operation continues after glacier burst in Uttarakhand
DEHRADUN: Two more bodies have been recovered from the the flash flood-hit parts of Chamoli in Uttarakhand, taking the death toll in the disaster to 40.
The rescue operations have been going on since February 7, after the glacier burst. This caused workers getting trapped in the tunnel at Tapovan.
This has been one of the worst disasters in the region in recent times. For rescuers, it has been a race against time, since the day the tragedy struck. Apart from Uttarakhand police, the SDRF and NDRF personnel are deployed in the rescue operation.
Top officials have been keeing an eye on the efforts to save the people who got trapped in the tunnel. Hundreds of personnel are busy in the round-the-clock operation that has been going on for a week now. Chief minister has also made an aerial survey of the affected area.
The rescuers still hope that they could find survivors. It was NTPC's hydel project that suffered huge damage due to the glacier burst, causing the flash flood in the region. The flooding damaged houses in the adjoining Rishiganga power project. [Representative photo, courtesy Flo Mederebner, Pexels]