Muck cleaning continues inside Tapovan tunnel but no body traced

  • | Thursday | 25th February, 2021

The rescue work has come to an end at the ill-fated Chamoli`s Tapovan where the glacier blast had taken place. Many remain untraced but the rescue team has decided to put the names in the missing category. It is possible they have washed away. The muck clearing work inside the slush-choked Tapovan-Vishnugad hydro-power plant tunnel continued on Wednesday, no fresh bodies were found.

The rescue work has come to an end at the ill-fated Chamoli`s Tapovan where the glacier blast had taken place. Many remain untraced but the rescue team has decided to put the names in the missing category. It is possible they have washed away. The muck clearing work inside the slush-choked Tapovan-Vishnugad hydro-power plant tunnel continued on Wednesday, no fresh bodies were found.

Using excavators, the teams comprising NDRF and SDRF continued removing debris and slush from the tunnel from where 14 bodies have been recovered since February 7, according to SDRF officials.

As on date, the teams managed to clear around 178-180-metres of the Tapovan tunnel while a few more metres of muck has to be cleared to reach a point where the tunnel is joined by a supporting tunnel on the right side.

It is believed that over 30 personnel — who were working in the tunnel at the time the flash floods struck — were at around 180 metres inside the tunnel.

Meanwhile, no fresh bodies were found on Wednesday. Till date, 70 bodies have been recovered from the disaster-hit areas of the Chamoli district. However, 134 people are still missing.


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