- Rescue work intensified in Chamoli’s slush flushing tunnel
- Two more bodies found in the early hours of Sunday, were brought out in polythene
- The team also shivered at seeing the dead bodies buried in silt
- The work of 300 mm wide hole in the tunnel was done till late Saturday.
Rescue operation in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli disaster continues for the eighth day. The rescue team received three more bodies in the early hours. The team had earlier recovered 38 bodies. Seven more bodies were found in the afternoon, after which the number of bodies recovered on Sunday has increased to 48. The team still hopes that around 30 people may be trapped inside the tunnel. The rescue operation has been intensified after two more bodies were found.
On 7 February, a glacier burst in Chamoli in Uttarakhand caused havoc. The work of slush flushing tunnel (silt tunnel) was going on here. Heavy silt, water and debris came into the tunnel due to the glacier bursting. Many people, including many laborers working in the tunnel, were trapped.
Dead bodies brought in polythene
Teams of Uttarakhand Police, SDRF and NDRF are working to evacuate people from the tunnel. Chamoli DM Swati Bhadoria told that the rescue operation has been going on continuously since the day of the incident. By Saturday, 38 bodies had been removed.
Three bodies have been recovered in the wee hours of Sunday. The bodies were badly buried in silt. When he was evicted, he was buried in silt. The team was also shocked to see the dead bodies. The bodies were filled with polythene and taken out. Seven more bodies were found later that afternoon.
160 still missing
The DGP said that out of the recovered bodies, 5 bodies have been found from Tapovan tunnel and 5 in Raini village. The total number of dead bodies has been reduced to 48. There are still 48 people detected in 204. 154 people are still missing. He was cremated after undergoing DNA testing of 20 bodies and 12 body parts recovered in a rescue operation.
Great relief from the release of water from a temporary lake
DGP Ashok Kumar said that the rescue operation has also been intensified. It is still expected that 25 to 30 people may be trapped in the tunnel silt. At the same time, the rescue team and the locals have got a big relief. Water has started coming out of a makeshift lake near the Rishiganga river, which has now reduced the risk of another flood in the area.
Uttarakhand: 25-30 people feared trapped in Tapovan
There is a possibility of people getting trapped in the curve
The team had to work hard to evacuate people trapped inside the silt tunnel in Uttarakhand. There was a possibility of people getting trapped in a curve in the middle of the tunnel. The hole in the tunnel was widened on Saturday to reach that potential location. After widening, the search for dead bodies was started.
Hole widened in tunnel
The Silt Flushing Tunnel had a 75 mm diameter hole by Friday night. Through this hole, people trapped by putting cameras inside the tunnel were to be seen, but the team had technical problems in it. On Saturday, it was decided that the hole would be widened if there were problems. Teams widen the hole to 300 mm. A pipe and camera were then inserted to remove silt inside the hole.
Two bodies recovered inside the tunnel