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On Day 6, Rescuers Step Up Drilling Through Rubble In Uttarakhand Tunnel

Tapovan tunnel: Rescuers are making gradual progress as water and slush proceed to build up

New Delhi:

Rescuers proceed to dig by the rubble inside a broken tunnel in Uttarakhand’s Tapovan within the hope of discovering survivors, six days after a glacier catastrophe struck a hydel energy plant within the hill state.

Thirty-six our bodies have been discovered and over 200 are lacking, the Uttarakhand authorities mentioned.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla chaired a gathering to assessment the progress of rescue and reduction work being carried out by central and companies on the web site of the hydro challenge of NTPC in Tapovan, the Home Ministry mentioned in a press release.

Mr Bhalla reviewed steps wanted to manage the move of water from a brief obstruction fashioned upstream from the challenge. The secretary of Defence Research and Development Organisation has been requested to ship specialists to analyse the scenario.

The rescue operation was stopped briefly on Thursday when water stage in Dhauliganga river close by started rising once more.

In a change of technique, rescuers are specializing in drilling by the hardened particles within the tunnel in Chamoli district, moderately than simply shifting mounds of silt and sludge deposited there by the sudden flood.


The goal for now’s to arrange a “life-saving system”, presumably to pump oxygen into the blocked tunnel, officers mentioned, information company PTI reported.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the Army are a part of the multi-agency rescue effort, which continues at the same time as hopes of discovering the trapped employees alive recede each passing hour.

The rescue operation is targeted on 1.5 km of a 2.5-km-long community of tunnels on the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel energy challenge.

A sudden flood within the Alaknanda river and its tributaries after the glacier broke off slammed the hydel challenge whereas folks have been nonetheless working there final Sunday, trapping and killing a few of them.

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