Uttarakhand disaster: Rescue teams start drilling operation inside Tapovan tunnel

at 12:11 pm
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New Delhi (NVI): The rescue teams have started drilling operations to peep inside the Tapovan tunnel in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in wee hours today, where around 30-35  people have been feared trapped since flash floods damaged the region.

In series of tweet, Indian Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) informed that the drilling operations started at around 2 am today.

“Drilling operations started by rescue teams at 0200 AM to peep into the slush flushing tunnel 12 to 13 meters below. This is being done from the tunnel where rescue teams are presently taking out slush,” ITBP tweeted.

“The teams through boring operation will try to see whether the slush flushing tunnel below is clear of slush or otherwise to see chances of trapped persons being rescued from there,” it said in another tweet.

Apart from this, ITBP troops are also helping in constructing a temporary bridge across disconnected villages in Chamoli district, which will be used to transport ration from one side of the bridge to another side.

With this, the rescue operations have entered the fifth day, while rescue teams have recovered as many as 32 bodies from different areas hit by the glacier burst in Chamoli district so far.

According to the state government data, more than 170 people are still missing including 25-35 persons stuck inside the Tapovan tunnel.

Yesterday, a joint team of ITBP, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), SDRF and sister agencies also entered the Tapovan tunnel.

However, agencies are using drones, remote-sensing equipment and drilling machines to reach those trapped for three days as the operation continues 24×7, according to ITBP.