Uttarakhand glacier burst: Trapped workers up against hypothermia, dip oxygen
TAPOVAN/DEHRADUN: Hope at the other end of the tunnel is kee over 500 rescue personnel going at the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. As they race against time to rescue over 34 workers believed to be stuck in the 1.6-km-long debris-filled tunnel, their biggest concern is hypothermia – a potentially dangerous drop in body temperature.
Meanwhile, the search and rescue teams recovered six more bodies on Tuesday from downstream areas taking the total toll of the tragedy to 32, while 174 people are still reported missing.
While conditions in the area remain chilly, the slush-filled tunnel, experts say, could be much colder. Vivek Pandey, spokesperson of ITBP, said, “The rescue teams are working round the clock and tirelessly to save the trapped workers. However, our immediate concern is about the workers getting hypothermia, which can be fatal in such conditions.”
Pandey said the trapped workers have one JCB and two light vehicles with them inside the tunnel, which might come in handy for them to take shelter in.
The 25-foot-high and 25-foot-wide headrace tunnel – a structure that carries water to the power generators – was completely filled with debris when the rescue operations began on Sunday. It has become partially filled with slush again after they cleared the passage, which is hampering rescue operations.
Pray to God for safety of poor people and God bless their families.
Nation join in prayers together. Stop blaming Modi in this disaster, he cant do much in these situation.
All the very best to the NDRF and the army. Please bring them home .
We understand the agony of family members. In this difficult times we pray Allah for safety of workers and speedy recovery.
Don't loose hope miracles do happen.
Remember that God helps those who help themselves. Spend money on Himalayan Ecology and don't exploit it's fragility.
Our prayers are with the people trapped inside and the rescue team to help them come out safely. God bless them all..
Hope and pray to find the trapped people safely, by the rescuers.
Very unfortunate incident, I doubt if they have survivedb if the water entered there, but hope all come out safely
God is great, they all will be saved
use some new tech to rescue the workers
Have full faith in our rescue teams
God save them.
We all pray for there safe return Jai Mata Di
God will rescue all.
Miracles is God's way of fortifying human faith in himself. All will come out safe and sound.
The whole world's focus remains on the rescue mission and fate of people trapped inside the tunnel. hope those inside the tunnel survive the disaster.
Horizontal drilling machines can cut through the slush easily... has anyone though of that?? atleast you can send through the pipes with some rations and air
Really a scary and sad situation and we hope the trapped people gets out soon and there will be least human loss
Hopefully all are rescued alive. Pray for their safety. Our relief and rescue operations must still be modernized with necessary tools.