14 people have been killed and over 170 are still missing, after a part of a glacier burst in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday. The breaching of the glacier sheet triggered a massive flood in Dhauli Ganga, Rishi Ganga, and Alaknanda rivers. Two power projects — NTPC’s Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project and the Rishi Ganga Hydel Project — were extensively damaged with a number of laborers trapped in tunnels as the waters came rushing in.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawa, who visited Chamoli district on Sunday, has announced a compensation of ₹ 4 lakh each to the families of those who lost their lives in the disaster. An extra ₹ 2 lakh will be given from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, with ₹ 50,000 for those with serious injuries.
#WATCH Uttarakhand: ITBP jawans clearing the tunnel in Tapovan, Joshimath.
(Video Source: Indo-Tibetan Border Police) pic.twitter.com/a0PZknhpvc
— ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2021
A glacier burst at the Reni village of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand has triggered a massive flood in the Joshimath area. Around 100-150 are feared dead due to the resultant flash floods, said the Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash.
Breaking off of a portion of Nanda Devi glacier on Sunday morning said to be the reason behind the current floods. However, no fresh rains have been reported in the area and the situation is likely to improve by Sunday evening.#Uttarakhand
— The Weather Channel India (@weatherindia) February 7, 2021
A devastating natural disaster in the form of torrential rains of unseen magnitude had struck Kedarnath on 16-17 June in 2013. The banks of the Chorabari lake in Kedarnath had collapsed due to a cloudburst that had resulted in a major flash flood causing widespread destruction in Uttarakhand and led to heavy losses to infrastructure, agricultural lands, human and animal lives.
Rescue operation continues on the second day at Joshimath in Chamoli. So far, 12 people were rescued from one tunnel and the second tunnel is being cleared with the help of JCB machines.
Uttarakhand: Rescue operation continues on the second day at Joshimath in Chamoli where a flash flood, triggered due to glacier burst, occurred y’day.
12 people were rescued from one tunnel y’day. The second tunnel is being cleared with the help of JCB machines to rescue people pic.twitter.com/WEe0qA6rXi
— ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2021
However, unlike the Kedarnath tragedy which struck after a downpour, the flash flood on Sunday occurred on a bright and sunny morning which helped in relief and rescue operations by police, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and ITBP personnel in the affected areas.
Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Chamoli district of #Uttarakhand Sunday morning.Damaged a dam on Alaknanda river. Rise in water level in river. Reports of loss awaited. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/J0UoBoIJEe
— Lalmani Verma (@LalmaniVerma838) February 7, 2021