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Uttarakhand flash flood: No headway in tunnel; Drones, laser imager deployed

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Dehradun: Nearly after 96 hours of Uttarakhand glacier burst that played havoc in the district of Chamoli, hopes of finding any more survivors at the Tapovan and Rishi Ganga power project sites dimmed as rescue agencies recovered six more bodies on Tuesday. So far, the death toll in the disaster has reached to 32 with over 170 people still missing.

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Talking about the causalities in this calamity, DIG Garhwal Neeru Garg said that of the six bodies recovered on Tuesday, four were from the Rishi Ganga power project site at Raini village, one was from Chamoli and another from Nandprayag. Two of the bodies were of police personnel who were deployed at the power plant, she said.

Tapovan tunnel, where excavators are working round the clock to remove the slush in this 1.9-km tunnel

which is the centre of the rescue operations as 35 people are feared trapped there, has seen no breakthrogh so far, despite . Rescue agencies are now deploying advanced technologies such as a helicopter carrying a laser with electromagnetic pulse imager for an aerial survey over the tunnel, and a camera drone to be sent inside the tunnel.

According to officials at the site, the Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute has sent the laser imager, a hexagonal device which is suspended from a helicopter and which does laser detecting and ranging.

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On Tuesday, a helicopter with the device took several rounds of the affected area for an aerial survey. Officials said the device will help find air pockets inside the tunnel.

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