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Uttarakhand disaster | Search operation at Tapovan slows down

30 Mar 2021 2:34 PM | Deleted user

Priority seems to be to clear tunnel and get dam functional rather than look for bodies, says activist.

Ten days after an avalanche barrelled down from a breaking glacier leading to the death of 58 people and causing at least 200 to go missing, rescue and relief operations aimed at recovering bodies have slowed to a crawl.

In Pictures | The aftermath of Uttarakhand glacier disaster

Many of those missing were reportedly workers on the Sunday shift at the 520-MW Tapovan Vishnugadh hydroelectric project and swept away by a storm of ice, water and debris within minutes of the glacier-wreckage hurtling from about 2 km up½stream.

The site is buzzing with excavators and other heavy machinery and has rescue officials of several companies working round the clock. Social organisations such as the SEWA International have organised volunteers from villages surrounding Tapovan to cook meals for them.

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