If you are stranded in affected areas and you need any help, Please contact Disaster Operations Center number 1070 or 9557444486: Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat
The Indian Army has deployed its helicopters and moved its troops to assist rescue operations in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli where a massive flood was triggered in the Dhauliganga river after a burst in the Nanda Devi glacier on Sunday.
Ten persons were declared dead till reports last came in, while 150 people are feared killed and hundreds of labourers, who were working at a power project in the area, are missing, news agency ANI quoted the state’s chief secretary Om Prakash as saying.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved an ex-gratia of ₹2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragic avalanche. A sum of ₹50,000 would be given to those seriously injured. Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced an ex-gratia of ₹4 lakh each for those killed.
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has urged his Uttarakhand counterpart to ensure immediate help and rescue of pilgrims from Gujarat stranded in the northern state.
In a miraculous rescue, 16 people trapped inside a tunnel near Tapovan at Chamoli, Uttarakhand were brought to safety by ITBP, Indian Army and local administration. The workers were trapped while working inside a tunnel when the glacier burst. ITBP personnel carried rescued persons on stretchers to the nearest road.
According to the reports, Uttarakhand chief secretary Om Prakash said 100-150 casualties feared in the floods.
Several labourers were working at the Rishi Ganga hydroelectric power project when a glacier broke over the Dhauliganga river in the Chamoli valley of Uttarakhand’s Joshimath on Sunday morning.
The authorities fear massive destruction for lives and damage to the properties.
The flooding occurred due to cloudburst and the subsequent breaching of a reservoir near Raini village that has destroyed many river bankside houses in the area.
State Disaster Response Force DIG Ridhim Aggarwal said that more than 150 labourers working at the Rishi Ganga power project might have been directly affected. Hundreds of ITBP personnel have rushed to the spot to rescue the villagers.
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed concern and prayers in a tweet.
Prime Minister Modi said that he was constantly monitoring the unfortunate situation in Uttarakhand.
In the evening, the PM declared financial compensation for the next of kin of those killed and to those injured.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too tweeted his concern.
Meanwhile, Union Home minister Amit Shah has been briefed on Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district flood situation, coordinating relief and rescue with Uttarakhand chief secretary. Air Force and other disaster relief forces are on standby.
Currently, ITBP and NDRF personnel have been rushed to the disaster spot to rescue the village people.
Additional district magistrate, Tehri, Shiv Charan Dwivedi informed that an alert has been issued in the district after receiving information about flooding in Dhauli river. Along with this, Haridwar district administration has also issued an alert. All police stations and riverbanks have been instructed to be vigilant. An alert has also been issued in Rishikesh. Instructions have been given to immediately remove the boat operation and rafting operators from the river.
At the same time, instructions have been issued to the Srinagar hydropower project to reduce the lake water. So that when the water level of Alaknanda rises, there is no problem in releasing excess water.
Chamoli superintendent of police Yashwant Singh Chauhan said that a lot of damage is being reported. But the situation is not clear yet. The team will be going on the spot, only then the loss situation will be clear.
The Tapovan barrage is said to be completely demolished after the glacier burst due to which rivers have been flooded. In Srinagar, the administration has appealed to the people living in settlements along the river to move to safer places. At the same time, laborers working in the river are also being removed.
On the other hand, after the flood, now the water level of Dhauli river has stopped completely. According to the State Control Room, the water in the rivers of Garhwal is increased. Many people are being reported missing due to the current.
Uttarakhand CM reacts
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat flagged emergency helpline numbers ‘1070’ or ‘9557444486’ to provide all forms of assistance following a Glacier Bursts in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli. CM tweeted the helpline number of the Disaster Operations Center.
“If you are stuck in the affected area, if you need any kind of help, please contact Disaster Operations Center number 1070 or 9557444486. Please do not spread rumours from old videos about the incident”, he tweeted in Hindi.