The avalanche near a power project at Reni village in Tapovan area of Chamoli district has triggered a massive flood in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, and there is a high possibility of casualties, although no deaths have been reported as of now.
Reports suggest that a part of Nandadevi Glacier in Uttarakhand broke off and the districts on the route of Ganga has been put on high alert. NDRF, SDRF and PAC Flood Company has been mobilised to monitor and provide help in rescue situations. Additionally, people living on the bank of Alaknanda river have also been advised to move to safe places at the earliest.
Indian Army has deployed choppers & troops for supporting Uttarakhand govt & NDRF to tackle the flood. Around 600 army personnel moving towards the flood-affected areas according to army reports
Media reports state that several labourers working at the Rishi Ganga hydroelectric power project are now feared missing.
According to ITBP, “A massive flood in Dhauliganga seen near Reni village, where some water body flooded and destroyed many river bankside houses due to cloudburst or breaching of reservoir. Casualties feared. Hundreds of ITBP personnel rushed for rescue.”
Uttarakhand CM TS Rawat said, “A disaster has been reported from Chamoli district. 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.”
“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,” CM Trivendra Singh Rawat tweeted.
He added, “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 beg you not to spread rumors. Pay attention to official authentic information only. I am leaving for the scene myself.”
CM Trivendra Singh Rawat also appealed to people not to not spread rumours through old flood videos and has shared a helpline number as well.
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