Police in the Indian province of Chamuli have reported that the death toll from the collapsing ice mass accident, which occurred in Uttar Pradesh state on February 7, has risen to 62, while 142 are still missing.
A police statement said: “Rescuers found 62 bodies and 28 pieces. 34 of them have been identified.”
Rescuers are continuing to search for the missing workers of the hydroelectric station located on the Tabuvan plateau, which was inside its technical tunnel at the time of the disaster, between 30 and 35 people. In addition, 12 groups from the emergency department are continuing to search for bodies of victims along the rivers. Also participating in the search process are Tibetan police and military personnel.
The Indian Interior Ministry previously reported that the collapse of the ice block that occurred on February 7 led to a significant increase in the water content of the Rishiganga River, which flooded the Rishiganga hydroelectric plant with a capacity of 13.2 megawatts. The flash flood also damaged another hydroelectric plant being built by NTPC (the largest power company in India) with a capacity of 520 megawatts, which is located on the Tabuvan Plateau on the Dkhauligang River.