New Delhi: Rescue operations in Uttarakhand underway after the floods in Chamoli district swept the entire Rishiganga project on Sunday (February 7, 2021). Chief Minister of Uttarakhand TS Rawat confirmed 23 bodies have been recovered and more than 200 people are missing right now.
In a tweet last night, Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said, “Final number of the dead body recovered in Tapovan till 8 p.m. on 8th February is 26. 171 people still remain missing out of which around 35 are supposed to be in the Tunnel where rescue operation is still going on.”
Final number of dead body recovered in Tapovan till 8 p.m. on 8th February is 26. 171 people still remain missing out of which around 35 are supposed to be in the Tunnel where rescue operation is still going on.@DDNewslive @ANI @aajtak @ZeeNews @ABPNews @htTweets @timesofindia
— Ashok Kumar IPS (@Ashokkumarips) February 8, 2021
Kumar says that the rescue operation to rescue those who are stranded in the tunnel in Tapovan are still underway. He said he is hopeful that they will clear the tunnel by this noon. Machines have been brought to the site with authorities working round the clock to clear the tunnel. Kumar also said that 30 labourers missing are from Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district and most of them belong to the Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
मुख्यमंत्री श्री @tsrawatbjp जी ने आर्मी अस्पताल जोशीमठ में भर्ती तपोवन आपदा के घायलों से मिलकर उनका हालचाल जाना। मुख्यमंत्री जी प्रभावित क्षेत्र में लगातार लोगों के संपर्क में हैं, राहत एवं बचाव कार्यों की निगरानी कर रहे हैं।#IndiaStandsWithUttarakhand #UttarakhandDisaster pic.twitter.com/2scSPFbvCA
— Ramesh Bhatt (@Rameshbhimtal) February 9, 2021
Rawat on Tuesday met the victims at Army hospital in Joshimath. Rawat also visited the site to take stock of the rescue operations and was briefed by MS Rawat, ADG Western Command, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
Scientists say that the tragedy might be caused by a part of the glacier falling in the valley which blocked the flow of the river thus creating an artificial lake that later burst to cause widespread damage. This is just speculation, for now, scientists are still conducting experiments.