Uttarakhand Tragedy: 29 Missing Persons Declared Dead, Ex-Gratia Announced

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Lakhimpur Kheri: At least 29 labourers from Uttar Pradesh, who went missing when a glacier burst triggered a massive flash flood on February 7, have finally been declared “dead”.

Among the 29 missing labourers, 13 were from Ichchanagar, eight from Bhairampur and one each from neighbouring villages.

They were working at Tapovan-Vishnugad hydropower project in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli at the time of the incident.

The next of kin to the deceased labourers will get Rs 29 lakh each — Rs 20 lakh from National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Rs 4 lakh from Uttarakhand Disaster Relief Fund, Rs 1 lakh under a beneficiary scheme of the Uttarakhand government and Rs 2 lakh each from Uttar Pradesh government and the Centre.

This will bring closure for the families, who will also now receive compensation under various schemes.

On February 23, the Uttarakhand government had issued a notification authorising nearly 140 people still missing, to be declared “presumed dead”.

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