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Drilling in tunnel halted due to mountain, resumption of attempts to reach inside by removing debris

The Search for Life in the Death Tunnel:

Efforts are underway to rescue people trapped in the tunnel after a disaster six days ago in Tapovan in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district. A media report quoted an ITBP official as saying that drilling in the tunnel, which was started on Thursday, has been stopped. 

However, after seven meters of excavation, the mountain came down and drilling could not be done even after many attempts, so the rescue team decided to work on the first plan. Debris removal from inside the tunnel has resumed in the morning. The first change in rescue strategy was made late Wednesday night. It was then decided to drill within 72 meters instead of reaching the tunnel by removing debris. The camera will be placed inside by making a hole up to 13 meters below and the safety of the workers will be ensured in the tunnel passing below.

Two more bodies were found, now searching for 168,
said Chamoli District Officer Swati Bhadauria, adding that 36 bodies have been recovered from the area so far. Two people have been found alive. A search is now underway for 168 people. Of these, 39 workers are suspected to be trapped inside the tunnel. NDRF Commandant PK Tiwari said the bodies were being examined in the river bank area.

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Machinery was sent by Chinook helicopter yesterday. On
Thursday, heavy machinery and manpower were sent to Chamoli by Army Chinook helicopter for rescue. For NDRF and SDRF, 14 passengers and 1400 kg load, five officers of Border Road Organization and three tons of luggage have been delivered here.

The rescue operation was halted on Thursday afternoon after the water level of the Dhauliganga River suddenly rose. The rescue operation was resumed at night with a team of some members. According to the NDRF, the team was shifted to a safe place due to rising water. At the same time, Chamoli police has alerted the surrounding area. People have been told to be vigilant. He does not need to panic. The water level is being monitored by drones.

Glacier breaks up to form lake in upper part
of Rishiganga river The upstream of Rishiganga river has been stopped due to accumulation of debris after the eruption of glacier in Chamoli of Uttarakhand, which has turned the river water into a lake. If the lake bursts due to constant rising water pressure, flood-like conditions can arise in the low-lying areas. Expert reports from satellite image and ground zero following the crash have raised such concerns.

A team
of SDRF has been sent to review the situation , said Riddhim Agarwal, DIG, Uttarakhand SDRF. An aerial survey of the area has also been conducted. An eight-member SDRF team was also sent on foot to the scene on Friday morning to review the situation.

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