The accident occurred after the glacier broke and fell into the Rishiganga River at 10 am on Sunday in Tapovan.
170 people are missing in the Tapovan area of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district after Sunday’s accident. The Rishiganga power project and NTPC project site at Tapovan suffered the most damage. So far, 14 bodies have been recovered from different places. The NTPC project site has two tunnels. 16 people trapped in the first tunnel have been rescued. Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said that 35 workers are stranded in the second tunnel.
The rescue operation was stopped after the water surged on Sunday night in this two and a half kilometer long tunnel. The NDRF team resumed operations after the water level receded on Monday morning. Debris has been removed from 100 meters of this tunnel.
The accident occurred after the glacier broke and fell into the Rishiganga River at 10 am on Sunday in Tapovan. Due to this, the flood situation created and the dam on Dhauliganga was washed away. The Rishiganga hydro power project and the project of the government company NTPC were destroyed. At the Rishiganga project, 32 workers are missing. 176 workers were on duty at the NTPC project 5 km from here. 121 of these are missing. Apart from this, some villagers and cattle are also missing.
Two and a half kilometer long tunnel becomes a challenge, CM said – Removal of debris difficult
Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said that debris and mud is being cleared from the two and a half kilometer long tunnel. With the help of ropes, ITBP personnel have reached the tunnel’s opening. He said that removing debris from this tunnel is a very difficult challenge.