Uttarakhand glacier burst LIVE: 3 bodies recovered, 150 feared missing; IAF joins rescue ops

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. Dilip Singh Rathore Dilip Singh RathoreJitendra Bahadur Singh Chamoli February 7, 2021UPDATED: February 7, 2021 15:45 IST A glacier break in the Himalayas has resulted in large-scale flooding and damage in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district. (Photo: India Today) Apart of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off this morning near Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, resulting in a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river (one of the source rivers if River Ganga) and causing large-scale devastation in the upper reaches of the ecologically fragile Himalayas. Around 100-150 people are missing following the flash floods, which damaged the Rishiganga Power Project in Tapovan area and have endangered the lives

of people living along the banks of Dhauli Ganga. The flooding has also washed away the Joshimath-Malari bridge. A glacier break led to massive flooding in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. (Photo: Twitter) Homes along the way were swept away as the waters rushed down the mountainsides in a raging torrent. There are fears of further damage in human settlements downstream. Many villages along the river have been evacuated and people have been moved to safer areas. An alert has been sounded in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh for areas along River Ganga. See: Glacier burst in Uttarakhand triggers massive flood | Photos and Videos Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has appealed to people to not spread rumours through old flood videos. He said the water level in the Alaknanda, another tributary of the Ganga, is one metre above normal but the flow was reducing gradually. He added that all districts concerned have been alerted and people have been asked not to go near the Ganga. Here are LIVE updates on the situation: 3.45 pm: DGP Uttarakhand Ashok Kumar has informed that the flow of the river is under control and Devprayag, including other low-lying areas, are out of danger. Police is conducting rescue operations. 3.41 pm: Saddened by loss of life in Uttarakhand incident, tweets UP CM Yogi Adityanath. "I am deeply saddened by the reports of loss of life due to the natural disaster in Devbhoomi Uttarakhand. It is a request to Lord Rama that peace be upon the departed souls, give the power to the bereaved family to bear this sorrow and to provide immediate health benefits to the injured," CM Yogi tweeted. 3.37 pm: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said, "We are gathering details on the flash flood in Uttarakhand's Chamoli. Our officials are in contact with authorities there. As it concerns Ganga river, we need to remain alert", reported news agency ANI. 3.32 pm: The official twitter handle of NTPC Ltd tweeted, "An avalanche near Tapovan in Uttarakhand has damaged a part of our under construction hydropower project in the region. While rescue operation is on, situation is being monitored continuously with the help of district administration and police." 3.28 pm: 120 workers were on the roster at the NTPC project at the Rheni village and most of them are believed to have been swept away by the flash floods. 15-20 people are stuck inside a nearby tunnel and ITBP personnel are deployed to rescue them. ITBP personnel are digging the Tapovan Tunnel which has been blocked due to debris. Two villages near the glacier burst site named Rheni and Lata and 3-4 shepherds are believed to have been swept away by flash floods. 3.26 pm: Former UP CM Mayawati tweeted, "In Chamoli district of Uttar Pradesh's neighboring state of Uttarakhand, the news of the devastation of heavy life and property in Avalancha, that is, after the avalanche, is very sad. The Center should immediately ensure all assistance of the State Government in dealing with this disaster, this demand of BSP." 3.24 pm: "16 people who were trapped in Tapovan Dam are being shifted to safer places by Police", news agency ANI quoted Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar as saying. 3.22 pm: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweeted, "Deeply shocked and very saddened at the loss of lives in the disaster that took place in Uttarakhand. My deepest condolences to the families of the deceased. Wishing a speedy and full recovery for those injured in the calamity." 3.20 pm: NDRF teams are being airlifted from Ghaziabad's Hindon Air Base to Uttarakhand. (Photo: India Today) 3.18 pm: Chinook helicopters from Chandigarh and elsewhere on standby for search and rescue operations in Uttarakhand. Watch: 3.13 pm: Uttarakhand CM Rawat being briefed on flood situation by Army and ITBP personnel in Tapovan region of Chamoli district, reported news agency ANI. 3.09 pm: Uttarakhand States Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has deployed a number of teams at flood-affected areas. Here are the details: Two teams at Tapovan Two teams at Joshimath One team at Srinagar One team is rushing to Kirtinagar One team is at alert for Rishikesh 3.06 pm: Three teams of NDRF are ready to be airlifted from Ghaziabad's Hindon Air Base to Uttarakhand. (Photo: India Today) (Photo: India Today) 3.05 pm: Four Indian Army columns, two medical teams and one Engineering Task Force have been deployed at Ringi village in Joshimath for rescue operations. Indian Army helicopters are on aerial recce as well. 3 pm: ITBP sources have informed that while 150 persons are feared missing three dead bodies have been recovered from NTPC site in Tapovan area of Chamoli in Uttarakhand, reports news agency ANI. 2.47 pm: BJP President JP Nadda speaks to Uttarakhand CM inquiring about the flood situation in Chamoli. He also spoke to the state BJP chief and said that the BJP workers must help in rescue work following protocol. JP Nadda also tweeted, "The administration is alert to the circumstances arising out of accidental glacier breakdown in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Chief Minister is himself is looking after the relief and rescue operations. State BJP Chairman Banshidhar has been urged to deploy BJP workers in relief and rescue operations." 2.45 pm: IAF C 130 and An32 aircraft are being used to airlift NDRF personnel from Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun to flood-affected areas. 2.37 pm: Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to chair the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) meeting at 4.30 PM today on glacier burst in Joshimath to review the relief and rehabilitation work. The meeting is via Video Conferencing. 2.33 pm: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani spoke on the phone with the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand regarding help to all the stranded travelers from Gujarat. 2.30 pm: "Casualties are feared to be between 100 to 150. Teams of ITBP, SDRF and NDRF have already reached the spot. Red alert has been issued", news agency ANI quoted Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash as saying. 2.24 pm: Congress colleagues will also join hands for relief work, tweets Congress MP Rahul Gandhi. 2.21 pm: Water outflow has been stopped at Tehri Dam located on the Bhagirathi River. 2.20 pm: IAF assets, both fixed wing as well as rotary are on standby to provide all possible assistance for Uttarakhand rescue operations. Six columns (around 600 personnel) of the Indian Army are moving towards the flood-affected areas, said Indian Army officials. 2.15 pm: Indian Airforce and Army have deployed their choppers and troops for supporting the state govt and NDRF teams in tackling the flood. Indian Army sources said that the military station in Raiwala near Rishikesh is actively involved in the coordination of rescue and relief operations with local administration. Army headquarters are also monitoring the situation. 2.05 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Am constantly monitoring the unfortunate situation in Uttarakhand. 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". 2 pm: A meeting is scheduled at Cabinet Secretariat on relief operations in Uttarakhand's Chamoli. DGs and Home Ministry officials to join the meeting 1.55 pm: Three choppers including two Mi-17 and one ALH Dhruv chopper of Air Force stationed in Dehradun for rescue operations in flood-affected areas. 1.50 pm: Situation normalising, say ITBP sources ITBP sources have said that the situation is normalising with water flow being controlled. "Water gushed out because the Rishiganga dam broke. ITBP teams are on spot," said sources. 1.44 pm: Uttarakhand CM Rawat tells India Today, "Floodwaters have reached Alaknanda but we haven't received reports of damage yet. Have received calls from PM Modi, HM Shah as well". Listen in: 1.41 pm: More than 150 labourers working at the Rishi Ganga power project may have been directly affected, news agency PTI reported State Disaster Response Force DIG Ridhim Aggarwal as saying. “Representatives of the power project have told me that they are not being able to contact around 150 of their workmen at the project site," she said. 1.40 pm: News agency ANI has reported that 100-150 casualties are feared in the flash floods in Chamoli district. 1.30 pm: Home Minister speaks to Uttarakhand CM Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat as well as ITBP DG SS Deswal to take stock of situation in Uttarakhand. The Home Minister also spoke to NDRF DG SN Pradhan and Disaster Management officials. 1.20 pm: Anil Chanyal, ADM of Chamoli district tells India Today that the incident occurred at around 8-9 am after which Rishiganga dam project broke. Listen in: 1.15 pm: Alert for UP districts on Ganga riverbanks UP Relief Commissioner has issued a notice to all District Magistrates of the state issuing a 'Disaster Alert'. Districts which lie on the Ganga riverbanks have been put on alert. "Reports of the breaking of a part of Nandadevi Glacier in Uttarakhand has been received. The districts on the Ganga river need to be on high alert and continuous monitoring of water level needs to be done 24×7. If required, people should to be evacuated and taken to a safe place. NDRF, SDRF and PAC Flood Company are being given instructions to be on the highest alert. Please coordinate locally also," the notice said. 1.10 pm: Two teams of ITBP have reached the spot, three NDRF teams have been rushed from Dehradun and 3 additional teams will reach there with help of IAF chopper by evening. SDRF & local administration is already at spot,"MoS Home Nityanand Rai told ANI on massive flood in Dhauliganga. 1 pm: Joshimath-Malari bridge washed away in floods. The Joshimath-Malari bridge has been washed away due to the flooding in Dhauli Ganga river. This bridge was used by Indian Army personnel to go to the border areas. 12.50 pm: Ministry of Home Affairs monitoring situation. The ITBP is in touch with Ministry of Home Affairs, sources said. A large team has departed from the Regional Response Center of ITBP, Gauchar. A mountaineering team of the ITBP also immediately dispatched the personnel specializing in building bridges. 200 personnel have already been sent by ITBP from Joshimath. 12.45 pm: Uttarakhand CM launches helpline for those stuck in affected areas. "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 rumors from old videos about the incident," tweeted the CM 12.30 pm: CM Trivendra Singh Rawat tweeted, "There is a possibility of damage to the Rishiganga project in Rini village of Chamoli due to heavy rains and sudden water. There is also a possibility of flooding in the lower areas of Alaknanda due to sudden arrival in the river. People have been alerted in coastal areas. People settled along the river are being removed from the area." "As a precaution, the flow of Bhagirathi river has been stopped. To prevent the flow of water of Alaknanda, Srinagar Dam and Rishikesh Dam have been evacuated. SDRF is on alert. I request you not to spread rumors. Pay attention to official authentic information only. I am leaving for the scene mysel," he added. Chamoli Police has advised people living on the banks of river Alaknanda to move to safe place at the earliest. Rescue operations are also on in Tapovan area. Sources say several casualties are feared near Reni village which is 26 kilometers from Joshimath area. Hundreds of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) men rushed for rescue. CM Trivendra Singh Rawat has also taken stock of the situation. He tweeted, "A disaster has been reported from Chamoli district. The district administration, police department and disaster management have been ordered to deal with this disaster. Do not pay attention to any kind of rumors. The government is taking all necessary steps." News agency ANI reported that 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. Meanwhile, Srinagar, Hardwar and Rishikesh areas of Uttarakhand have been put on alert as well. The Srinagar dam has been evacuated. Visuals shared by Twitter users showed massive flooding in the rivers. Extensive damage to nearby villages is expected. Though details are awaited, several districts, including Pauri, Tehri, Rudraprayag, Haridwar and Dehradun, are likely to be affected and have been put on high alert.

07.02.2021

source: indiatoday

 

Note: 

"Nanda Devi (Hindi: नन्दा देवी) is the second highest mountain in India after Kangchenjunga and the highest located entirely within the country".

"The peak, whose name means "Bliss-Giving Goddess", is regarded as the patron-goddess of the Uttarakhand Himalaya".

"In historical Indian literature, Sikkim is known as Indrakil, the garden of the war god Indra".

source: wikipedia

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