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Uttarakhand tragedy: ITBP-DRDO group reaches synthetic lake web site in Chamoli, dying toll rises to 60


New Delhi: A joint group of the ITBP and DRDO on Thursday (February 17) reached a high-altitude synthetic lake, the confluence of Rishiganga and Raunthi Gad.

This high-altitude synthetic lake in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is suspected to have been shaped after the latest flash floods.

The lake is created at a spot known as Murenda which is estimated to be about 5-6 hours trek uphill from Raini village that bore the utmost brunt of the February 7 catastrophe, officers stated.

“That is the primary group to succeed in the lake at floor zero. The ITBP and Defence Analysis and Growth Organisation personnel will analyse any attainable risk posed by this synthetic lake shaped because of the latest flash floods,” Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey stated.

In the meantime, Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar revealed that the dying toll has now elevated to 60, after two extra our bodies have been recovered from the tunnel. Including to this he talked about rescue operations are underway at over 5 areas within the state.

The Deputy Commandant of NDRF stated, “ Two lifeless our bodies have been recovered at 4:30 within the morning, considered one of which was recovered from the Tapovan tunnel. The rescue operations on the tunnel are nonetheless underway and heavy equipment is getting used for fast restoration.

As per the reviews, five-member group, led by ITBP Assistant Commandant Sher Singh Butola, will arrange a camp and create a helipad close to the lake so {that a} chopper might convey in additional specialists and logistics to check attainable threats that this lake might pose to villages and infrastructure downstream of the factitious lake.

The group, comprising personnel of ITBP’s 1st battalion based mostly in Joshimath, climbers from its specialised mountaineering and snowboarding institute based mostly at Auli and an area information, will even discover methods to create slits or channels for clean discharge of the lake water in order that it doesn’t perpetuate any harm, Pandey stated.

The border drive launched movies and images that confirmed the clear blue-water lake to be calm and officers stated it appears to be like to be 250 meters vast whereas they refused to hazard any guess about its depth.

“The lake is suspected to have been created after a heavy quantity of water hurtled down the Alaknanda river system as a result of a attainable glacier burst on February 7. It is very important research the lake in order that contingencies may be ready and early warnings may be issued in case there’s a chance of its breach,” one other senior officer stated.

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