Uttarakhand: 171 still missing, rescue teams race against time
DEHRADUN: Over 500 rescue personnel from state, disaster and defence forces are racing against time to rescue the 34 workers — and there could be more — believed trapped inside a 1.6-km-long debris-filled tunnel of the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district.
The rescue effort on Monday — with two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, over 300 Indo-Tiban Border Police (ITBP) personnel, a Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) team and over 120 from the Army — was entirely channelised towards that one tunnel. The 12 men in the other tunnel of the project had been rescued on Sunday.
The cause of the flood remains uncertain. Fresh satellite-based assessment by the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing reported that it was not a glacier burst but a landslide that may have triggered an avalanche, which then caused the flood. Executive director of the Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre Piyoosh Rautela said, “Satellite data from February 7 clearly shows that a landslide at the terminus of the glacier at an altitude of 5,600m triggered a snow avalanche, covering appromately 14sq km, and causing a flash flood downstream of Rishiganga river.”
With maps, sniffer dogs and shovels, the rescue team at Tunnel Number 1 had been at work since Sunday evening. The concern has been oxygen — deep inside a tunnel that is blocked from both sides, the men might suffocate. “The first 72 hours are crucial in such cases,” chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said while reviewing the rescue operation. “The tunnel is very long. There might be enough oxygen inside.”
从周日晚上开始，一号隧道的救援队伍拿着地图，在嗅探犬和铁锹的帮助下展开救援工作。主要担心的是缺氧——在隧道深处，由于隧道两边都被堵塞，被困人员可能会窒息而死。印度首席部长Trivendra Singh Rawat在回顾救援行动时说:“ 在这种情况下，头72小时至关重要。隧道很长，里面可能有足够的氧气。”
NATURE'S FURRY. SO CRUEL.
Arpit Kumar Goel
Actually it is humans who are silent killer if nature.
hopefully teams reach there by working day and night
We humans must be sensitive towards nature...its not climate change its human change which forced climate to change...
Its tough for the families ..race against time .maybe ask Chinese for some big rigs ..they will surely send.
It may be possible that the Chinese themselves have played some dirty trick on this sensitive Himalayan region and triggered the glacier blasts.
Don't be so idiotic.
Son of soil Kissan
stop playing with nature we must respect it and don't build big dams in upper himalayan region which are very sensitive and also fix the responsibility of the person who gave clearance to these projects in a very sensitive area.
This project was forced through in 2015, inspite of supreme court's objections in 2013 and objections of locals.
Got the result? Really sad indeed
SP Jagat Singh
horrible scenes at occurrence site.
May be we need more electricity but building dam in an ecologically sensitive area has its consequences.
Climate Change will become the Human Waterloo moment if We are not careful.
Its more dangerous than Coronavirus and terrorists today.
Rescue operations should be intensified. But, how to control the 'Global Warming', main cause of the disaster ?
technical sumit 9115
We can't even think the this would be happened
Hope those stuck in Tunnel No 1 are rescued and reunited with their families soon. Condolences to families who lost their loved ones.
We must check for nuclear weapon debris.
Indian rescue team is inefficient and untrained.