The process of declaring 136 people missing in the Rishiganga accident has been started by the administration. The families of the missing people have been called for DNA samples when DNA reports of dead bodies have not been identified. By Sunday, the death toll in the disaster in Chamoli district has now increased to 68. However, relief and rescue operations are still going on at many places.
Another body was recovered from the Tapovan tunnel on Sunday. Official sources said here that the body extracted from the tunnel of Tapovan-Vishnugad hydroelectric project on Sunday has been identified as Sunil Bakhala, 27, who hails from Lohardaga district of Jharkhand. With this, 14 bodies have been recovered from the Tapovan tunnel so far.
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He said that earlier on Saturday, five bodies were recovered from the Tapovan barrage site. The five bodies recovered at the Tapovan barrage site by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team have also been identified, including Amrit Kumar and Jyotish Vasla from Jharkhand, Munna Kumar Singh from Bihar, Jalal and Lahimpur residents of Uttar Pradesh, Jalal and Dehradun. Jeevan Singh is a resident of Kalsi region.
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So far, 68 bodies have been recovered from the areas affected by the disaster in the Rishiganga Valley of Chamoli on February 7, while 136 other persons are missing, and rescue and relief operations are on for their search. NTPC’s under-construction Tapovan-Vishnugad hydroelectric project was completely destroyed by the floods, apart from the massive 13.2 MW Rishiganga hydroelectric project located at Rani. (Input-language also)
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