According to sources, A total of 8 bodies have been recovered from the Tapovan tunnel. In addition to this, Twelve bodies were pulled out from the flash flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand's Chamoli district yesterday taking the death count in the calamity to 53, as rescue teams battled against odds to save those trapped in a choked tunnel in Tapovan for a week now.
"A total of 8 bodies have been recovered from Tapovan tunnel so far. Operation is still underway, we are working 24/7. 7 bodies have been recovered in Raini, so a total of 15 bodies have been recovered from the two work sites", said Aditya Pratap Singh, Deputy Commandant, NDRF.
A total of 53 bodies recovered so far; rescue operation underway at Tapovan Tunnel in Joshimath, Chamoli: State Disaster Response Force (SDRF)#UttarakhandDisaster— ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2021
In addition to this, DGP Uttarakhand, Ashok Kumar, said "3 bodies found from Tapovan tunnel today, taking body count there to 8 so far. No new recovery from Raini village today. As per postmortem, the people found dead, died during the glacier mishap itself. Rescue operation to continue for next 3-4 days".
After A portion of the dam of the power project on the Rishiganga river in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand broke on 7th Feb causing a flood in the nearby area, people were reportedly trapped in many areas. Ever since the incident took place, ITBP, IAF, SDRF & NDRF teams have been constantly carrying out operations to rescue people trapped in flood-affected regions.