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Uttarakhand glacier break: body of Kashmiri engineer found

A Kashmiri engineer, who was among nearly 150 people missing after a glacier burst in India’s Uttarakhand last week, was found dead on Friday.

The family of project engineer Basharat Ahmad Zargar, said that the body of their beloved was recovered after six days of the natural disaster.

“The body has been recovered. We are at the police station completing the legal formalities,” Saliq Basharat, son of deceased said.

Meanwhile, the family members urged the authorities to airlift his body for last rites to Kashmir.

Zargar, a resident of Soura, was working at the hydro power project in Uttarakhand after his retirement from government service. 

Zargar was in touch with his family till 10 am on Sunday, just before the debris driven by the glacier break hit the power project in Chandoli district.  

The family members on Monday headed to Uttarakhand.

Zargar was working with the Rishi Ganga power project, located on the upper stream of the Alaknanda river site. 

Over 30 bodies have been recovered and over 100 people still missing.

The missing people include those working at the hydel power project sites and villagers whose homes nearby were washed away.

Two power projects – NTPC’s 480 MW Tapovan-Vishnugad project and the 13.2 MW Rishiganga Hydel Project – were extensively damaged with scores of labourers caught in tunnels as the waters came rushing in.

Thirteen villages were cut off due to the damage to roads and bridges.

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