Uttarakhand flash flood: Slush holds up Army search ops near barrage where over 100 feared missing

Written by Lalmani Verma
| Tapovan (dharamshala) |

Up to date: February 10, 2021 1:00:49 pm

As rescue operations continued for the third day within the tunnel at Tapovan energy mission web site with out a breakthrough, the Army made an try to begin search operations near the barrage of the mission on Dhauli Ganga river, at a web site where greater than 100 persons are feared missing.

However the crew needed to abort the operation after discovering the floor unsuitable for motion.

A crew of 4 Army personnel from Garhwal Rifles on Tuesday morning climbed to succeed in a web site between the barrage of the NTPC mission and a retaining wall, positioned about 150 metres away. Over a dozen Armymen stayed at a better perch with ropes and different gear to help them in climbing down, and later getting up.

An officer mentioned there’s almost 30 toes of muck deposited between the barrage and the retaining wall, and chance of missing folks trapped there – both lifeless or alive – can’t be dominated out.

“Had the floor been conducive for motion, jawans would have began trying to find the missing folks. However that would not be executed right now,” the officer mentioned. “We are going to attempt as soon as once more when the bottom floor turns into extra conducive.”

Chamoli SP Yahswant Singh Chauhan mentioned over 100 folks had been working on the barrage on Sunday when the flash flood struck, and are among the many missing.

In response to a launch from the police state headquarters, pictures of unidentified our bodies recovered might be despatched to kinfolk of missing folks in order that they determine them. The kinfolk have been requested to contact DIG (Regulation and Order) Nilesh Anand Bharney for this. To date, 32 our bodies have been recovered from completely different places; 24 of them are unidentified.

Earlier within the morning, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat visited the affected villages and met the villagers and guaranteed them of each doable assist. Hours after the CM’s go to, the PWD began improvement of two trolley bridges throughout Dhauli Ganga and one throughout Rishi Ganga river.

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