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Massive flood hits Chamoli: ITBP team rushed for rescue operation: Union Home Ministry monitoring situation

A massive flood has been reported from Chamoli district where the water level in Dhauliganga river rose suddenly following an avalanche near a power project at Raini village in Tapovan area of the district. The flooding due to avalanche breaching of a reservoir has destroyed river bank side houses. Hundreds of ITBP personnel have rushed for the rescue of feared casualties.

The Chamoli district magistrate has instructed officials to evacuate people living in villages on the bank of Dhauliganga River. The district magistrate and the superintendent of police have left for the spot.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reviewed the situation in Uttarakhand. He spoke to Chief Minister  Trivendra Singh Rawat and other top officials. The Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet that Mr Modi took stock of the rescue and relief work underway. Authorities are working to provide all possible support to the affected.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that he is constantly monitoring the unfortunate situation in Uttarakhand. He said India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety there. He said he has been continuously speaking to senior authorities and getting s on NDRF deployment, rescue work and relief operations.

The Home Ministry is closely monitoring the situation. Home Minister Amit Shah said in a series of tweets that he spoke to the Uttarakhand Chief Minister as well as DG ITBP and DG NDRF. He said all the concerned officers are working on a war footing to ensure security of all people and NDRF teams have left for rescue operations. He said some more NDRF teams are being airlifted to Uttarakhand from Delhi. Mr Shah ensured that every possible help will be provided to the Devbhoomi.

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