Glacier Break Triggers Massive Flood In Uttarakhand, Over 100 Feared Dead

Over 100 people are feared dead after a glacier break in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district triggered an avalanche and massive flooding of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers on Sunday morning, forcing the evacuation of thousands and damaging the nearby Rishiganga and NTPC power plants. Disaster response teams have been deployed and the Army has committed four columns; three helicopters are conducting aerial surveys. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Assam to campaign for Assembly polls, tweeted: “India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety.” Three bodies have been recovered from the NTPC power plant so far. Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash said that overall between 100 and 150 are feared dead. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat tweeted to say teams from the police, the Army and the ITBP, as well as from the national and state disaster response forces, had been deployed and “are doing their best to save the lives of the workers at sites affected by the disaster”. The Chief Minister also said rescue teams were working to locate and save around 160 people working at the NTPC and Rishiganga power plant sites. Authorities also fear for the safety of labourers at road and rail projects in the area, as well as the lives of peope in nearby settlements. Medical teams have also been rushed to affected sites. A 30-bed hospital has been kept ready at Joshimath and hospitals in Srinagar, Rishikesh, Jollygrant and Dehradun are on standby. Prime Minister Modi tweeted to say he had spoken to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. He also tweeted: “Am constantly monitoring the unfortunate situation… India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety there. Have been continuously speaking to senior authorities and getting updates on NDRF deployment, rescue work and relief operations.” Five NDRF teams – one from Dehradun and four from Delhi – have been mobilised. Four more are being readied and will be airlifted from Ghaziabad’s Hindon Air Force base, which is near Delhi, NDRF Director-General SN Pradhan told news agency PTI. Two teams are travelling by road and are expected to reach by around 8 pm. The Army has committed four columns, each with 100 soldiers. In addition, one Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and two Cheetah helicopters are also operating. The Army is using C-130 and An32 transport aircraft to airlift NDRF personnel. Two medical teams and an engineering task force have also been deployed.

Uttarakhand Glaciers Breaks

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