Around 75 People Were Feared Missing As Glacier Breaks in Uttarakhand's Chamoli District
Disaster management teams have been mobilised and hundreds of ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) have been rushed for rescue operations
Around 75 people were feared missing as the water level in Uttarakahnd's Dhauliganga river increased suddenly after a glacier broke in Joshimath near the Rishiganga power project. According to ANI, the incident was reported from Raini village in Tapovan area of Chamoli district. It is learnt that around 50 labourers were working on the site at the time of the incident.
“The district administration, police and disaster management departments have been directed to deal with the situation. Do not pay attention to any kind of rumours. Govt is taking all necessary steps”, news agency ANI quoted Uttarakhand CM TS Rawat as saying.
In a statement, Chamoli Police said, "Rishiganga Power Project was damaged due breach of a glacier in Tapovan area. People living on the bank of Alaknanda river are advised to move to safe places at the earliest.”
Meanwhile, government officials have been directed by Chamoli district magistrate to evacuate people living in villages on the bank of the Dhauliganga river. The district magistrate and the superintendent of police have left for the spot.
NDRF team has been asked to remain on standby.
People trapped in the affected area can contact the disaster operations center number 1070 or 9557444486 for any help.
The flow of water subsided before reaching CHamoli as the river is flowing just one meter above normal. Some small dams were also broken. Over 60 SDRF jawans have been dispatched around the spot in separate troops.