14 Bodies Have Been Recovered And 15 People Rescued After Glacier Burst In Uttarakhand

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Until now 15 people have been rescued and there has been the recovery of 14 bodies from various locations after the glacier burst in Chamoli district of the state of Uttarakhand. The reports came from the Chamoli Police on Monday.

It has been further Tweeted by the Chamoli Police that the rescue and relief operations will continue for those who are stranded in the channel. Special efforts are being made to open the way for reaching the inside of the tunnel with the special help of JCB. As of now, a total of 15 persons have already been rescued and recoveries of 14 bodies are made from various places according to Chamoli police.

For the time being, on Monday, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) removed the slush and the debris at the tunnel situated near the Tapovan dam here in the district of Chamoli, that followed the glacier burst and resulted in heavy flooding in Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers.

The SDRF, Indian Army, ITBP, and National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) forces are very much engaged in the retrieval taking place in the affected areas.

The Tapovan Hydro-Electric Power Dam that is also known as the Rishi Ganga Project has been completely washed off because of the glacier burst in Chamoli according to the initial report of the Indian Air Force as the recee of the affected areas are undertaken by the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) deployed at Joshimath.

Trivendra Singh Rawat, the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand has already announced Rs. 4 lakh ex-gratia each to the kin of those people who lost their lives because of the glacier burst.

The Chief Minister spoke on the cause of the disaster and said that the experts will be able to tell the reason behind the glacier outburst. He also added that the government is focused on the rescue operation and saving the lives of people.

A glacial also broke on the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand in the Tapovan-Reni area on Sunday that led to huge flooding in Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers and damaged numerous houses and also the nearby power project of Rishiganga.

Meanwhile, Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations have expressed their grief about the loss of life in Uttarakhand in India because of the glacier burst and the flooding that followed.

A spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement on Sunday that the report of the loss of life and the dozens who are missing have deeply saddened the Secretary-General that is followed by the subsequent flooding and glacier burst in the Uttarakhand State on Sunday in India. The Secretary-General has expressed deep condolences to the families of all the victims and also to the Government of India.

He also said that the United Nations is ready to contribute to the ongoing assistance and rescue efforts if it is necessary. The statement came after glacial broke in Chamoli, Tapovan-Reni area.