Guwahati News Desk: A week after the Uttarakhand disaster, three more bodies recovered on Monday from the flood-ravaged Tapovan tunnel.
With this, the death toll in the glacial disaster in Uttarakhand rises to 53. The bodies were recovered from the Adit tunnel at the NTPC’s Tapovan-Vishnugad project site.
According to officials, over 150 people are still remain missing after the February 7 devastation, possibly triggered by an avalanche in the upper reaches of the Alaknanda river system. A surge of water in Dhauliganga and Rishiganga rivers had ripped through two hydel projects.
For the last rites, DNA sampling and other formalities have also been going on and compensation cheques are also being distributed among the next of kin of the deceased.
Families of those from outside Chamoli district killed in the tragedy are being paid compensation of Rs 4 lakh each and over 500 ration kits carrying foodgrains and essentials have already been distributed among residents of over a dozen villages.