About two weeks of the Uttarakhand disaster the rescuing teams have rescued 61 bodied and 28 boy parts so far from the Uttarakhand’s debris-choked Tapovan tunnel. The disaster resulted into massive flooding because the burst in the glacier triggered the big rivers of Dhauliganga and Alaknanda.
The floods washed off many nearby rivers and trapped people in the damaged Tapovan tunnel and also at some other places.
The people who got stranded in the tunnel were there in the tunnel because they were working inside the tunnel when the disaster took place. However, the rescue operations are continually going on since the time of the glacier burst.
Out of all those 61 bodies and 28 body parts, DNA samples of 49 bodies have been taken. Following which 34 bodies and one body part have been identified, the Chamoli Police said.
The police also informed that the search and rescue operations are continually in process in the Tapovan tunnenl in Joshimath of Chamoli district.
Total 12 teams of State Department Response Force (SDRF) are working on search and rescue operation for all the missing people from Raini village of Uttarakhand and Srinagar and its communication team is also working continuously for the smooth communication in the operation.
The operations are taking long time because of the damaged tunnel with a lot of debris and mud presented into it.
The Uttarakhand Director General of Police asserted that the search and rescue operation will continue until the last person is found and it will hardly take 3-4 days, However the operations are taking much more time then expected due to the large amount of debris and mud presented in the tunnel.
“I clarify that all rescue operations in Joshimath, Raini and Tapovan areas will continue, be it search, rescue, or relief operation. I’ve said that digging out of bodies from under debris should get completed in three-four days. But ops will go on until the last person is located,” said the Uttarakhand DGP.