Udayavni Special

U’khand glacier burst: 3 more bodies recovered from hydel project site, toll rises to 65


PTI, Feb 21, 2021, 8:33 AM IST

Gopeshwar: Three more bodies were recovered from the NTPC’s flood-ravaged Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project site on Saturday taking the toll in the February 7 glacial disaster in Uttarakhand to 65, officials said.

The bodies were recovered from the desilting tank near the Tapovan project barrage on Saturday, NDRF Commandant PK Tiwari said.

Search operation at the project site has been underway on a war footing for more than 13 days since it bore the brunt of an avalanche triggered by a glacial burst over the Rishiganga river in the Chamoli district.

The 13.2 MW Rishiganga hydel project was totally demolished in the avalanche while the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydropower project suffered extensive damage.

With the recovery of three more bodies, the toll in the tragedy has gone up to 65 while 139 people are still missing.

Meanwhile, Chamoli District Magistrate Swati S Bhadauria on Saturday asked the NTPC to press into service additional equipment and divert the course of the Dhauliganga river to the other side so that its water does not flow through the barrage into Tapovan tunnel hampering sludge clearing efforts.

River water flowing into the tunnel from the barrage has been a major headache for rescuers at the tunnel making the muck clearing operations even more challenging, Bhadauria said.

Deploying additional equipment at the tunnel and diverting the course of the river will speed up the debris removal exercise which has been underway for more than 13 days, the DM said.

She said rescue operations at the main project site in Raini have been completed.

The DM added that the debris on the upper side of Rishiganga is now being scoured for any bodies that could be trapped if any.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Serum Institute seeks govt’s intervention over import of COVID vaccine raw material from US

All-woman COVID-19 vaccine booth launched in Karnataka

New mineral policy for 2021-26 on the anvil says CM BSY

GRSE lays keel of third advanced stealth frigate ship under Project 17A

Rijiju, Irani launch online training programme for women PE teachers, coaches

Day not far when country will be named after Narendra Modi: Mamata

5 countries including India account for about half of total child brides in world: UNICEF




Related Articles More

Kerala industrial charity outfit-turned-political party to contest from five assembly seats

Serum Institute seeks govt’s intervention over import of COVID vaccine raw material from US

Women still prefer cash transactions followed by AadhaarPay: Survey

GRSE lays keel of third advanced stealth frigate ship under Project 17A

Rijiju, Irani launch online training programme for women PE teachers, coaches

MUST WATCH

Women’s day special interview with Champa P Shetty

Udayavani special Budget Bulletin

Gender Stereotypes Faced By Women | Women’s day special Vox Pop | Udayavani

Udayavani News Bulletin 7-3-21

Crime File Exclusive :ATM Skimming case

Latest Additions

Kerala industrial charity outfit-turned-political party to contest from five assembly seats

Govt to amend telecom licence norms to control sourcing from China, non-friendly destinations

Serum Institute seeks govt’s intervention over import of COVID vaccine raw material from US

All-woman COVID-19 vaccine booth launched in Karnataka

New mineral policy for 2021-26 on the anvil says CM BSY

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.