HAFLONG, Oct 21 - Bodies of two of the four persons who were feared trapped inside a pump house of State- run NEEPCO were found on Monday, two weeks after the water pipelines of Kopili hydroelectric project in Dima Hasao district burst, a senior police official said.
The two bodies were found from the dewatered G-2 (ground minus 2) room of the project by the NDRF and SDRF personnel, Dima Hasao superintendent of police Shreejit T said.
One of the bodies was identified as that of Joysing Tisso (60) but the other is yet to be identified, he said.
The bodies have been send to Umrangso Hospital for postmortem examination, officials said.
The four men, all employees of NEEPCO, had gone missing when two water pipelines of the 275 MW hydro electric project at Umrangso burst on October 7.
“About 100 rescue personnel, including a National Disaster Response Force team, two teams of the State Disaster Response Force and fire and emergency service personnel are working round the clock to find the other missing persons,” said a senior official of the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).
He said, till today the rescue personnel were unable to reach the basement of G minus-2 (G-2) as the underground building is filled with mud,” the official said.
“The condition is believed to be the worst from the depth of 17 m to 90 m and from G-2 room to G-1 room. The whole building is filled with mud and there is no technology to detect any body in such a condition, he said.
The official said that pumping of water cannot be taken up due to the presence of large amount of submerged debris and rubble. Also due to the lack of space it has become difficult to work inside the building.
“So from now onwards rescue work is to be done only manually to clear the 9-12 feet mud, he added. – PTI