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Uttarakhand Dam disaster:Race against time for 39 trapped workers in NTPC power plant tunnel

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Uttarakhand Dam Disaster: Time running out for 39 trapped workers in NTPC power project tunnel

It is a race against time in the Tapovan area in Chamoli where several rescue teams are carrying out war footing operations to track down missing 39 hydropower plant workers but success has eluded them so far. The ill-fated tunnel was virtually choked with slush and sludge brought by flash flood-swollen Rishiganga river four days ago.

 

 

On Sunday,( Feb 7, 2021)  at about 1000 hours, an avalanche had occurred in the upper catchment of the Rishiganga River, a tributary of the Alaknanda River in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, which led to the sudden rise in the water level of the Rishiganga River.

 

 

All eyes are set on at a choked tunnel of the NTPC Power plant where workers got trapped inside during the sudden burst of a glacier in the Joshimath area of Chamoli on Sunday. Joint rescue teams are racing against time to reach deep inside the slush and sludge-filled about the two-kilometer long tunnel.

 

Though the chances of survivors appear bleak, authorities are still hopeful for a miracle and tension is palpable at the site.

 

Till this morning, 32 bodies have been recovered and over 192-204 are still missing. Figures keep on fluctuating in the wake of the recovery of bodies and information about missing persons. Food and relief materials are being provided to the cut off villages.

 

 

#Chamoli में आयी प्राकृतिक आपदा में जिन लोगों के परिचित लापता हैं वे श्री नीलेश आनन्द भरणे, DIG Sir से मोबाइल नम्बर +91 7500016666 पर सम्पर्क कर सकते हैं। उन्हें व्हाट्स एप के माध्यम से अज्ञात शवों की तस्वीरें भेजी जाएगी। आप उन तस्वीरों के माध्यम से उनकी शिनाख्त कर सकते हैं।

 

 

Translated from Hindi by

#Chamoli Those whose acquaintances are missing in the natural calamity can contact Mr. Nilesh Anand Bharani, DIG Sir on mobile number +91 7500016666. They will be sent pictures of unknown bodies through WhatsApp. You can identify them through those photos.

 

Uttarakhand DIPR and 9 others/7:59 PM · Feb 9, 2021, ·Twitter Web App/35/Retweets/1Quote Tweet/55/Likes

 

 

On Sunday,( Feb 7, 2021)at about 1000 hours, an avalanche has occurred in the upper catchment of the Rishiganga River, a tributary of the Alaknanda River in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, which led to the sudden rise in the water level of the Rishiganga River.

 

Due to flash floods on account of the rising of water levels in the river Rishiganga, a functional Rishiganga small hydro project of 13.2 MW was washed away.

 

 

The flash flood also affected the under construction 520 MW NTPC Hydro Power Project downstream at Tapovan on the river Dhauli Ganga.

 

Union Power Minister RK Singh told media persons outside the parliament house today that 93 NTPC workers were missing, 39 still stuck in the tunnel, “we’re trying to reach them. We are planning to install Early Warning System as a precautionary measure against avalanches. Financial aid of Rs 20 lakhs will be given to the deceased’s family”.

 

 

Union Home Minister  Amit Shah in Parliament regarding avalanche in the upper catchment of Rishiganga River in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand: –

 

 

On 07.02.2021 at about 1000 hours an avalanche has occurred in the upper catchment of Rishiganga River, a tributary of Alaknanda River in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, which led to the sudden rise in the water level of the Rishiganga River. Due to flash floods on account of the rising of water levels in the river Rishiganga, a functional Rishiganga small hydro project of 13.2 MW was washed away. The flash flood also affected the under construction 520 MW NTPC Hydro Power Project downstream at Tapovan on the river Dhauli Ganga.

 

 

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