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Uttarakhand flash flood: Death toll at 36 even as 204 still missing, 2 found alive

More than 600 Army, ITBP, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel are engaged in the search-and-rescue operations.
 

Uttarakhand flash flood: Death toll at 36 even as 204 still missing, 2 found alive-dnm
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Chamoli, First Published Feb 12, 2021, 9:57 AM IST
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Chamoli (Uttarakhand): 36 bodies have been recovered even as 204 people are still missing in the Uttarakhand glacier disaster, the state government said on Friday.

Two persons have been found alive, so far, Chamoli District Magistrate Swati Bhadoriya said.

Using drones and remote-sensing equipment, rescue teams have intensified efforts to reach the 25-35 men trapped in a sludge-choked tunnel as over 170 people remained missing after the Uttarakhand disaster three days ago.

More than 600 Army, ITBP, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel are engaged in the search-and-rescue operations.

Several measures, including drilling holes to take oxygen to the men inside the tunnel, are also being contemplated.

On Tuesday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat undertook an aerial survey of the affected areas, visited the ITBP hospital in Joshimath, about 295 km from Dehradun, and met the 12 workers who were rescued from a small tunnel in Tapovan on Sunday evening.

On Thursday, before the operation was halted due to the rising water levels, the agencies had cleared the debris of up to 120 metres and it is believed that workers are trapped at a depth of about 180 metres, where the tunnel takes a turn, news agency PTI reported. The agencies have, however, refrained from elaborating upon the condition of those trapped inside.

A glacier broke in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand on Sunday, which led to massive flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers and damaged houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.

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