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Uttarakhand: glacier burst 10 dead, 150 missing

CM announces Rs 4 lakh assistance  to families of deceased

A part of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off Sunday morning in Uttarakhand, resulting in widespread damage. Around 100-150 people are missing due to large-scale flooding in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district.

Apart of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday, leading to massive flooding in Dhauli Ganga and Alaknanda rivers and causing large-scale devastation in the upper reaches of the Himalayas. Over 150 labourers working at the Rishiganga power project in Tapovan-Reni are missing and 10 bodies have been recovered so far, the NDRF said.

The flash flood washed away the Rishiganga hydro project (13.2 MW) and also partially affected the downstream project of NTPC at Tapovan. Homes along the way were also swept away as the waters rushed down the mountainsides even as many villages were evacuated and people taken to safer areas.

Teams from ITBP, which has a base at Joshimath, along with units of the State Disaster Response Force and National Disaster Response Force have been deployed at the spot. IAF and Army teams have also joined the rescue operations. Later in the day, ITBP personnel rescued all 16 people trapped in an under-construction the tunnel near Tapovan dam in Chamoli district, MHA sources told India Today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said rescue operations were in full swing in Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat appealed to people to not spread rumours through old flood videos. He said the water level in the Alaknanda, another tributary of the Ganga, was one metre above normal but the flow was reducing gradually.

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