One body was recovered late Thursday night from the banks of the Alaknanda at Helang between Joshimath and Pipalkoti, Chamoli district police said.
Efforts to drain out the lake that has formed 8 km upstream from Raini village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand after February 7 flash floods are on.
As operations entered the 10th day, identifying bodies and body parts is becoming the challenge.
We hope to find bodies so that the families can perform the last rites at least),” an official closely monitoring the situation told TNIE.
Nine bodies have so far been recovered from the tunnel at Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project site taking the toll in the tragedy to 54, while officials say 115 people are still missing.
The bodies were recovered this morning from the Adit tunnel at the NTPC's Tapovan-Vishnugad project site, Chamoli District Magistrate, Swati S Bhadauria, said.
Earlier, the body of an engineer from Srinagar, Basharat Ahmad Zargar, was found at the disaster-hit site on February 12.
The women involved in the rescue and relief operations at Chamoli where the flashfloods wreaked havoc, are persevering to help bring hope back to the state.
The rescue operations were suspended temporarily only to resume after two hours at around 4 pm.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh claimed 173 persons are still missing and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are carrying out rescue operations.
Chamoli District Magistrate Swati S Bhadauria said work has been temporarily halted as a precautionary measure.
The kin of around 40 missing workers engaged a heated argument with the authorities of the project for two hours, alleging lack of urgency in the rescue work.
The four men have been identified as Bhanu Pratap Sikarwar, Gajendra Pavaiya (both close relatives) and two cousins, Rakesh Lodhi and Sonu Lodhi – all natives of Dhamkan village of Shivpuri district.
Control rooms have also been set up in districts affected by the tragedy and administration, police and irrigation department employees are deputed there.
Once the horrible avalanche coming down from the hills from atleast 5kms distance pushed him back to senses to join his neighbours, he rushed shouting 'Bhago Bhago'.