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Rise in Dhauli Ganga water level temporarily halts Tapovan tunnel rescue work

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Dehradun: On-going rescue work at the 1.9 km NTPC power project tunnel site in Tapovan, where 25-35 people are feared to be trapped for over four days since the Uttarakhand Sunday glacier burst, came to a temporary halt as water level of Dhauli Ganga surged dramatically on Thursday. The Dhauli Ganga merges with the Alaknanda river system.

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Chamoli District Magistrate Swati S Bhadauria informed that work has been temporarily halted as a precautionary measure.

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As soon as rise in Dhauli Ganga water level was noticed a warning alarm was raised after which security personnel at work inside the tunnel rushed out and heavy machines engaged in drilling through the debris and sludge inside were withdrawn.

On Sunday around at 11:am, a glacier burst at Joshimath in the state’s Chamoli district reportedly triggered an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system that washed away everything and being in its way including two hydroelectric stations. The death toll is increasing with every passing day with 34 dead bodies being recovered so far. Multiple agencies are racing against time to rescue 25-35 workers trapped inside Tapovan tunnel at the power project site.

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