Rescuers race in opposition to time to find 35 trapped staff, drilling operations underway at Tapovan tunnel

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Rescue operations proceed at Tapovan Tunnel

Rescue operation for 35 trapped folks contained in the Tapovan tunnel continued unabated by way of the final evening in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The flash flood had hit the ability undertaking at Tapovan on Sunday morning. In response to information company ANI, 34 our bodies have been recovered and round 170 individuals are nonetheless lacking.

On Thursday morning, the rescue groups began a drilling operation to peep into the ‘slush flushing tunnel’ 12 to 13 meters under the tunnel, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) tweeted. 

“Drilling operations began by rescue groups at zero200 AM to peep into the slush flushing tunnel 12 to 13 meters under. That is being carried out from the tunnel the place rescue groups are presently taking out slush,” ITBP tweeted.

“The groups by way of boring operation will attempt to see whether or not the slush flushing tunnel under is evident of slush or in any other case to see possibilities of trapped individuals being rescued from there,” it mentioned in one other tweet.

After the digging and excavation works, jawans of the military, ITBP, NDRF and SDRF, who’re engaged within the rescue works, have managed to open a sizeable portion of the tunnel. However the presence of heavy silt contained in the tunnel has slowed down the rescue work. Round 35 individuals are feared trapped contained in the tunnel. 

Rescuers are additionally utilizing particular devices within the search to hurry up the rescue operation contained in the tunnel. Nevertheless, no contact has been established but with the trapped folks inside.

The about 1,500-metre tunnel has develop into the point of interest of rescue operations on this catastrophe. The catastrophe was triggered after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier burst by way of its banks in Chamoli district on Sunday, resulting in an avalanche and a deluge that ripped by way of the Alaknanda river system within the higher reaches of the ecologically fragile Himalayas.

In response to the state authorities’s knowledge, practically 200 individuals are lacking, whereas 34 our bodies have been recovered to date. 

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