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NEW DELHI: ITBP chief S S Deswal on Friday visited the Tapovan tunnel and Raini village, which bore the utmost brunt of a current flash flood in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district that has claimed 62 lives to this point, whilst over 140 individuals are nonetheless lacking.
“The director general took stock of the search-and-rescue operations being conducted at the Tapovan tunnel. He also visited the other small tunnel, from where 12 people were rescued on February 7, the day the disaster struck,” a spokesperson of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) stated.
He added that Deswal additionally visited Raini village, which bought cut-off within the wake of the large flash flood within the Alaknanda river system attributable to a suspected glacier burst.
The ITBP is engaged within the search-and-rescue operations in and across the village.
Deswal additionally performed an aerial survey of a man-made lake that’s suspected to have been shaped within the larger reaches of Raini village within the wake of the glacier burst, the spokesperson of the drive stated.
The ITBP chief was accompanied by senior officers of the border-guarding drive.
Deswal met the officers and personnel engaged within the rescue-and-relief operations within the affected areas.
The drive acted as the primary responder in the course of the catastrophe and the troops of its 1st battalion stationed at Joshimath, about 25 km from Tapovan, and on the mountaineering and snowboarding institute in close by Auli had rushed to the world quickly after the flood waters started hurtling down round 10:30 am on February 7.
ITBP personnel are deployed within the state as a part of their main process of guarding the three,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China that runs by means of Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

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