Published On : Fri, Feb 19th, 2021

Uttarakhand tragedy: 61 bodies recovered so far

The rescuers have so far recovered 61 bodies and 28 body parts from the sludge-choked Tapovan tunnel after the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Uttarakhand, triggering massive flooding of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers, and trapped several people inside it.

The search and rescue operations have been going on since the glacier break provoked flooding of several areas, endangering the lives of many people who were working inside the tunnel at the time of the tragedy. So far, a total of 61 bodies and 28 body parts have been recovered from the tunnel.

The police have informed that out of the 61 bodies that have been recovered, 34 bodies and one body part have been identified and DNA samples of 56 family members and 49 bodies have been taken.

As per the Chamoli Police, search and rescue operations are underway at Tapovan tunnel in Joshimath of Chamoli district.