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Rescue Teams Stop Drilling Through Debris As Rocks Start Falling Off In Chamoli Disaster Site

On Thursday, Army’s Chinook chopper transported heavy machinery and manpower to Chamoli disaster site for rescue.

 

Chamoli| Efforts are on to rescue those trapped in the tunnel after the disaster in Tapovan in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand six days ago. A media report quoted an ITBP official as saying that the drilling started in the tunnel on Thursday has been stopped. The rocks started falling off after seven meters of excavation. The drilling team decided to work on the first plan itself, even after several attempts.

The work of removing debris from inside the tunnel has been started again in the morning. The first change in the Rescue team’s strategy was made late Wednesday. It was then decided that drilling should be done within 72 meters instead of removing the debris in the tunnel. They decided to drill up to 13 meters, put the camera inside and gauge the safety of the workers in the second tunnel passing through the bottom.

2 more bodies recovered, now searching 168

District Magistrate of Chamoli, Swati Bhadoria said that 36 bodies have been recovered from the area so far. Two people have been found alive. Search is on for 168 people now. Of these, 39 workers are feared trapped inside the tunnel. NDRF Commandant PK Tiwari said that bodies were being searched continuously in the riverbank area.

Machinery was sent by Chinook helicopter yesterday

On Thursday, Army’s Chinook chopper transported heavy machinery and manpower to Chamoli for rescue. 14 passengers and 1400 kg load for NDRF and SDRF, five officers of Border Road Organization (BRO) and three tons of goods were transported here.

The operation had to be stopped due to swelling of the river

The rescue operation was stopped on Thursday afternoon after the water level of Dhauliganga river rose suddenly. The rescue operation resumed at night with a team of select members. According to the NDRF, the team was shifted to a safe place due to rising water. At the same time, the Chamoli police have been alerted to the surrounding areas. People have been asked to be vigilant.

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