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Uttarakhand disaster: Six bodies recovered today, death toll rises to 44
Four bodies have been retrieved from the Tapovan tunnel.
Search and rescue operations at a tunnel in Tapovan area in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand have been intensified following the recovery of four dead bodies from the site on Sunday. The death toll in the disaster that struck the mountain state last Sunday has risen to 44 now while more than 160 people still remain missing.
Earlier in the day, Chamoli District Magistrate Swati Bhadoria confirmed that two bodies have been recovered from the tunnel today. Search and rescue operations at Tapovan in Chamoli have been intensified following the recovery of the two bodies, she said.
The State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) has visited the lake that has been formed near Raini village and they informed it is not a danger zone, said Uttarakhand Director-General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar on Saturday.
"The SDRF team visited the lake, formed near Raini village at a height of 4,200 meters, yesterday. Water is continuously discharging from the lake and it is not in a danger zone," Kumar told ANI.
"The team has also found a place to construct a helipad near Raini," he said.
Earlier on Friday, a lake has been formed near Raini village in Joshimath following the glacier burst causing massive destruction.
The DGP further informed that the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) is digging a shaft to remove debris inside the smaller tunnel.