Uttarakhand Glacier Break: 14 dead, 170 missing; Rescue operation still on

After a glacier break in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, 14 people have died and around 170 people are still missing. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the surrounding villages. The glacier break has also affected the nearby Rishiganga and NTPC power projects. The initial report of India Air Force has already mentioned that glacier break has completely washed off Tapovan Hydro-Electric Power Dam.

However, troops of ITBP, Indian Army, the SDRF and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) forces are engaged in the rescue operations at various sites of the affected areas.

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Chamoli Police tweeted, “Relief and rescue operations continue for those stranded in the tunnel. Efforts are being made to open the way by reaching inside the tunnel with the help of JCB. So far, a total of 15 persons have been rescued and 14 bodies have been recovered from different places”.

Among the 170 missing people, 148 employed at the NTPC plant and 22 at Rishiganga. Around thirty others are still trapped in a tunnel, reportedly around 2.5 km long, and rescue teams worked through the night to save them. Efforts are still on. Apart from the terrain and the low temperature, mud and debris in the tunnel are posing as a major challenge for the rescuers.