U'khand glacier disaster: Mouth of tunnel cleared


Update: The Indian Army has cleared the mouth of the tunnel of the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project on the Dhauli Ganga river. "After tireless efforts of Army personnel, including Engineering Task Force, the mouth of the tunnel was cleared. Work continued throughout the night with earthmovers by installing generators and search lights. Field Hospital providing medical aid at the incident site," the Indian Army said.

Rescue operations to save at least 30 people who are stranded at a tunnel near Tapovan Dam in Chamoli district is underway while 12 people have already been rescued from another tunnel, said Vivek Pandey, Indo-Tibetan Border Police's (ITBP) spokesperson on Monday.

The ITBP has deployed 300 personnel to carry out rescue operations at the tunnel."We have intensified search operation at the second tunnel. We have information that around 30 people are trapped there. 

Around 300 ITBP jawans are deployed to clear the tunnel. Local administration says that around 170 people are missing," said Pandey.

"ITBP rescued 12 people from a tunnel yesterday, these 30 are trapped in a different tunnel. The rescue operation is underway in different areas. More teams will be sent there if it is required, we are focussing on rescuing people from the tunnel first," he added.

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