Uttarakhand Glacier Burst: 32 Bodies Recovered, Drones Deployed For Rescue Operation
As many as six more bodies were recovered by the rescue agencies on Tuesday, two days after the glacier burst in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. With this, the death toll reached 32, with more than 170 people still missing.
According to DIG Garhwal Neeru Garg, out of all six, four bodies were recovered from the Rishi Ganga power project site in Raini village, while the other two were seen in Chamoli and Nandprayag. This included two police personnel who were deployed near the power plant.
“We were informed that 178 people were issued passes here (tunnel). Of which, 15 were rescued yesterday. The rescue operation is underway in another tunnel. There is a possibility that 35 people are stranded in it. Priority is to rescue them as soon as possible,” she said as quoted by Free Press Journal.
The rescue operations are underway at the Tapovan tunnel, where as many as 35 people are feared trapped. The rescue agencies have deployed drones and using laser imaging for the rescue operations in the 1.9-km long tunnel. The laser imager has been provided by Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute.
The officials are expecting the aerial survey to help find air pockets inside the tunnel.
“The blocked area spotted in the images are likely to be slush. And the presence of air pockets will mean that our people may be trapped there and that we will have to get to that point,” Manjunath P C, Commandant, Indian Reserve Battalion, said as quoted by The Indian Express.
“So far we don’t know how deep inside the tunnel the slush is, and how much more area we have to clear,” he added.
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