UTTARAKHAND: Around 150 people were feared missing as the water level in the Dhauliganga river increased suddenly after a glacier burst in Joshimath near the Rishiganga power project. According to ANI, the incident was reported from Raini village in the Tapovan area of Chamoli district. Around 50 labourers were working on the site at the time of the incident. Haridwar and Rishikesh are also on high alert.
“The district administration, police, and disaster management departments have been directed to deal with the situation. Do not pay attention to any kind of rumours. Govt is taking all necessary steps”, news agency ANI quoted Uttarakhand CM TS Rawat as saying.
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In a statement, Chamoli Police said, “Rishiganga Power Project was damaged due breach of a glacier in Tapovan area. People living on the bank of Alaknanda river are advised to move to safe places at the earliest.”
Meanwhile, government officials have been directed by the Chamoli district magistrate to evacuate people living in villages on the bank of the Dhauliganga river. The district magistrate and the superintendent of police have left for the spot. A flood alert has been sounded in Haridwar and Rishikesh.
NDRF team has been asked to remain on standby. People trapped in the affected area can contact the disaster operations center number 1070 or 9557444486 for any help. The flow of water subsided before reaching Chamoli as the river is flowing just one meter above normal. Some small dams were also broken. Over 60 SDRF jawans have been dispatched around the spot in separate troops.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been briefed on Uttrakhand’s Chamoli district flood situation.
“In relation to the natural disaster in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister TS Rawat and I have spoken to the Director-Generals of the ITBP and NDRF. All concerned officers and organizations are working on a war footing to ensure people are safe. NDRF teams have left for rescue ops and all possible help will be provided,” Shah tweeted.
“Two teams of ITBP reach the spot, three NDRF teams have been rushed from Dehradun and 3 additional teams will reach there with help of IAF chopper till evening. SDRF & local administration already at the spot,” MoS Home Nityanand Rai said.
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Earthquake in Nalanda, Patna – Bihar with 3.5 Magnitude
An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 was reported near Nalanda in Bihar on Monday night, according to India’s National Center for Seismology.
The epicenter of the earthquake was 20 km northwest (NW) of Nalanda, Bihar, India, the agency said. The earthquake struck at 9:23 PM IST at a depth of 5 km from the surface. Tremors were also felt in Gaya, Bhagalpur, Nalanda, Patna.
Uttarakhand Power Plant Damaged After The Glacier Burst
Uttarakhand: A glacial burst in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand triggered an avalanche and massive flooding of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers on Sunday morning, forcing the emergency evacuation of thousands from surrounding areas, and damaging houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.
Disaster response and management teams have been deployed to conduct search-and-rescue and relief operations. Around 100 to 150 people may have been killed, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash told news agency ANI. Authorities fear hundreds more may still be stuck. 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.”
Disaster management teams have been mobilized and hundreds of ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) have been rushed for rescue operations.
SN Pradhan, chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), said that teams from the relief force have been moved for search-and-rescue and relief operations in Uttarakhand where a glacial burst has triggered an avalanche. “The glacial burst has taken out a bridge constructed by the Border Road Organisation. Also in the higher reaches, the Rishiganga hydel project also has been damaged,” he said.