Uttarakhand glacier disaster: three more bodies recovered from hydropower project site, death toll rises to 65 – Uttarakhand glacier disaster: three more bodies recovered from hydropower project site, death toll rises to 65

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Three more bodies were recovered from NTPC’s Tapovan-Vishnugarh hydropower project site in Uttarakhand on Saturday, raising the number of people who died in the disaster caused by the glacier burst on February 7 in the state. The officers provided this information. NDRF Commandant PK Tiwari said that the bodies were recovered from the silt tank near the Tapovan Project Barrage on Saturday. In Chamoli district, many people went missing due to avalanches and heavy flooding caused by the bursting of glaciers on the Rishiganga river.

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The search operation at the project site has been on a war footing for more than 13 days. The avalanche completely destroyed the 13.2 MW Rishiganga hydropower project, while the Tapovan-Vishnugarh hydropower project suffered extensive damage. With the recovery of three more bodies, the death toll in the tragedy has risen to 65, while 139 people are still missing.

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Meanwhile, Chamoli District Magistrate Swati S Bhadoria on Saturday asked NTPC to install additional equipment and divert the path of Dhauliganga River to the other side so that its water does not flow from the barrage into the Tapovan tunnel. , Which may hamper efforts to clean the mud.

Bhadoria said that the river water flowing into the tunnel from the barrage has been a major headache for the rescue teams in the tunnels, making the operation to clear the debris more challenging. The DM said that the rescue operation has been completed at the main project site in Rani.

(This news has not been edited by the NewsBust team. It is published directly from the Syndicate feed.)

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