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DEHRADUN: Hopes of discovering survivors within the slush-filled tunnel of NTPC’s Tapovan Vishnugad mission – the place over 30 staff have been feared trapped within the floods – light additional on Monday as rescu ers discovered three extra our bodies within the particles within the tunnel.
A complete of 5 our bodies, together with one every from Maithala and Srinagar dams, have been recovered on Monday, ta king the flood toll to 56, of which 29 have been recognized. At least 149 persons are nonetheless lacking, police mentioned.
Multi-agency rescue groups mentioned the muckclearing work was persevering with they usually had cleared the best way as much as 143 metres within the tunnel. Search operations round Raini village and Tapovan have been interrupted on Monday because of unhealthy climate, mentioned an ITBP official.
Rescue personnel say, eight days after the floods, the possibilities of discovering survivors among the many remaining 26 males believed to be within the tunnel seem very distant. The place through which the our bodies have been discovered signifies that the employees have been caught off guard and perished when the deluge entered the tunnel.
DGP Ashok Kumar instructed TOI, “The situation looks bleak now. However, the picture will get clearer once we reach the 180-metre point.” Kumar added that the postmortem experiences of the our bodies additionally signifies that the lads died on the spot after getting buried, not due to hypothermia or every other cause.
“A team from CSIR-Hyderabad, which did a survey of the tunnel, concluded that the whole tunnel was full of debris, slush or water and did not have any breathable air,” the DGP mentioned.


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