DEHRADUN/TAPOVAN: Three more bodies had been recovered on Monday from the flood-ravaged Tapovan tunnel, taking the toll within the glacial catastrophe in Uttarakhand to 53.
The bodies had been recovered this morning from the Adit tunnel on the NTPC’s Tapovan-Vishnugad undertaking web site, Chamoli District Magistrate, Swati S Bhadauria, instructed PTI.
Rescue efforts are actually underway on the Silt Flushing Tunnel (SFT) solely with the assistance of excavators as a digital camera or a pipe can’t be inserted due to mounds of sludge and water choking it, the district Justice of the Peace stated.
The SFT at Tapovan the place drilling was accomplished on Saturday night time within the hope of inserting a digital camera to find these believed to be trapped inside can also be badly choked with slush and water, she stated.
Rescue or restoration is feasible solely with the assistance of excavators now, she stated.
Officials stated over 150 folks nonetheless stay lacking after the February 7 devastation, probably triggered by an avalanche within the higher reaches of the Alaknanda river system.
A surge of water in Dhauliganga and Rishiganga rivers had ripped by two hydel tasks.
Asked in regards to the possibilities of survival of these lacking or trapped, the district Justice of the Peace stated, “We should at all times attempt to be hopeful when the circumstances are antagonistic.”
Around 30 folks, who had been at work contained in the tunnel when the flashflood occurred, are believed to be trapped contained in the SFT at Tapovan.
The final rites of these pulled out lifeless after DNA sampling and different formalities have additionally been happening and compensation cheques are additionally being distributed among the many subsequent of kin of the deceased.
Families of these from exterior Chamoli district killed within the tragedy are being paid compensation of Rs 4 lakh every by bankers cheques by the involved district administration.
Over 500 ration kits carrying foodgrains and necessities have already been distributed amongst residents of over a dozen villages that had been reduce off from the district headquarters following the catastrophe that struck per week in the past.
Electricity provide has been restored in all affected villages besides Pang the place photo voltaic lanterns have been supplied to residents in the intervening time, she stated.
The companies concerned within the Tapovan rescue work embrace the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force.