The Uttarakhand Director General of Police Ashok Kumar said that the way in tunnel will be cleared soon as the rescue operation is underway overnights.
The rescue operation is carried out by the teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
Around 39 people are feared to be trapped in the tunnel.
“Rescue operation at the tunnel in Chamoli is underway, we are hopeful that we’ll be able to clear the way by noon,” said the DGP Kumar to News Agency ANI.
The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat conducted an aerial survey to take note of the situation.
After his aerial survey he visited the ITBP hospital in Joshimath, Chamoli the injured people are admitted in the disaster.
“12 people who were rescued from the tunnel on February 7 are admitted here. They’ve complained of body ache as they were hanging on an iron bar for 3-4 hours fearing water and debris. Doctors said they’ll recover soon,” told CM.
“The operation was carried out the entire night and is under progress. A lot of debris has been removed. We have not been able to establish any contact till now” said an ITBP Dehradun’s Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Aparna Kumar.
An ITBP team along with other rescue teams conducted search and relief operations in Chsmoli’d Lata, Jugaju, Juwagwar and Malaria villages of Uttarakhand on Monday in late night.
A temporary helipad is also built to facilitate the operations in the Lata village.
Troops from the 8th battalion of ITBP distributed 87 dry ration packets, provided by the administration, among Jugaju and Juwagwar villages in its relief operation.