NEW DELHI, 8 Feb – RIA Novosti. The death toll in India as a result of a glacier in Uttarakhand state has risen to 14, police said in Chamoli County, where the incident occurred.
“The operation to rescue those trapped in the tunnel continues. Attempts are being made to open the way by entering the tunnel with construction equipment. So far 15 people have been rescued and 14 bodies have been recovered from various locations,” police said on Twitter.
According to the Indian Ministry of Internal Affairs, a glacier descended on Sunday morning led to a rise in the water level in the Rishiganga River, which washed away the 13.2 MW Rishiganga hydroelectric power station. The flash flood also impacted the NTPK (India's largest energy company) hydroelectric project at Tapovan on the Dhauliganga River.
The search operation involves national and local rescuers, Indo-Tibetan police officers and the military.
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Rescuers managed to extract 15 people who were building the Tapovan hydropower plant and who were in the tunnel at the time of the emergency. At the moment, the operation continues to extract workers from another tunnel. According to preliminary estimates, there can be from 30 to 35 people.
As the State Disaster Management Center reported yesterday, about 170 people are considered missing, mainly workers at hydroelectric power plants.