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Uttarakhand flood LIVE: 36 bodies recovered yet; 169 people missing

Uttarakhand flood latest news: About 600 rescue workers are involved in the rescue operation. Stay tuned for LIVE updates

Uttarakhand flood | Uttarakhand | Trivendra Singh Rawat

BS Web Team  | New Delhi 


flood LIVE updates: The confirmed death toll in the disaster rose to 36 with the recovery of another body in Gauchar and 169 people remain missing since Sunday, after an avalanche or a glacier break triggered a surge of water in the Alaknanda river system.
Using drones and remote-sensing equipment, rescue teams have intensified efforts to reach the 25-35 men trapped in a sludge-choked tunnel as over 170 people remained missing after the disaster three days ago.

Two of the men earlier counted among the 174 missing returned home safely after being stranded since the flash flood in Chamoli district. Two more bodies were recovered during the day, raising the confirmed death toll to 34.

More than 600 Army, ITBP, Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel are engaged in the search-and-rescue operations.

About 450 of them are from the ITBP.

Several measures, including drilling holes to take oxygen to the men inside the tunnel, are also being contemplated.

On Tuesday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister undertook an aerial survey of the affected areas, visited the ITBP hospital in Joshimath, about 295 km from Dehradun, and met the 12 workers who were rescued from a small tunnel in Tapovan on Sunday evening.

Stay tuned for latest developments on Uttarakhand flash floods.


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First Published: Wed, February 10 2021. 07:24 IST