At least 50 workers trapped inside a tunnel in Rishiganga are feared dead after a portion of Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday morning and damaged the Rishiganga dam on Alaknanda river. Three bodies have been recovered so far.
Around 150 labourers working at the Rishiganga power project are also feared missing as they may have been directly affected by the disaster, State Disaster Response Force DIG Ridhim Aggarwal told news agency PTI. “Representatives of the power project have told me that they are not being able to contact around 150 of their workmen at the project site,” she said.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has spoken to officials of the state disaster management and Chamoli administration. All districts are on high alert and people have been warned not to venture near the Ganga river. He also appealed to people to not spread rumours through old flood videos.
Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Chamoli district of #Uttarakhand Sunday morning.Damaged a dam on Alaknanda river. Rise in water level in river. Reports of loss awaited. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/J0UoBoIJEe— Lalmani Verma (@LalmaniVerma838) February 7, 2021
Officials said that rescue teams have been rushed to the affected area and there are no reports of casualties yet. According to a SDRF official, a head constable from Joshimath informed the control room this morning that a glacier in Raini village has broken off. He said there was an avalanche at Nanda Devi two days back.
Areas near Ganga in Rishikesh being evacuated following alert that water level in lower areas may rise following Chamoli incident. #glacier broke off in Chamoli. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/VP4rCxx9tL— Lalmani Verma (@LalmaniVerma838) February 7, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Amit Shah took stock of the rescue and relief work. Two Indo-Tibetan Border Police teams, comprising about 200 personnel, had moved to the affected areas from Joshimath, PTI quoted an ITBP official as saying. As news of the disaster came in, two teams were rushed from Dehradun to Joshimath, NDRF Director General S N Pradhan added. “We are working to airlift three-four more teams from the Hindon IAF base near Delhi,” he said.
Courtesy – https://indianexpress.com/