A massive glacier breach in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district caused flash floods in the Dhauli Ganga river, causing large-scale devastation in the upper reaches of the ecological fragile Himalayas.

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A nation woke up to a shocking news of a glacier burst which took place in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district which triggers massive flooding on Sunday. This held to evacuation of thousands of peoples, who were living near Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers – to safety.

As per the official report, the flooding damaged nearby areas of Rishiganga and NTPC power plants in which over 100 labourers working in the power plant are feared dead. Teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and police have been deployed. As per the initial report, 16 people trapped in a tunnel near Tapovan in Chamoli have been safely rescued while 12 more people have been evacuated from another tunnel. But, around 150 people are reportedly still missing.

While interacting with media, NDRF official was quoted saying at 40-50 people may have swept away in the gushing waters after the glacial burst, adding that the rescue operation will continue for 24-48 hours. IG NDRF Amrendra Kumar further added that rescue operation with cover areas around riverside to find the both survivors and the bodies. He also informed that floods aren’t as bad as the 2013 Kedarnath calamity. The official further said that operations may be stalled because of nightfall.

This massive flood in Chamoli reminded the whole nation of the memory of the Kedarnath disaster of 2013 which led to widespread devastation in the ecologically fragile Himalayan region. The banks of the Chorabari lake in Kedarnath broke due to a cloudburst which resulted in a major flash flood causing widespread destruction in Uttarakhand and led to heavy losses in terms of infrastructure, agriculture lands, human and animal lives.

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Though Kedarnath occurred during the rainy season which led to delay in the launch of relief and rescue operations, the flash flood on Sunday occurred on a bright and sunny morning which helped in relief and rescue operations. The weather was clear yesterday, which was quite helpful for helicopters to reach the affected areas in no time. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has released the statement that no adverse weather events are expected over Chamoli, Tapovan and Joshimath in Uttarakhand on February 7 and 8.

Published by Vikram Roy Mehta

I am a friendly person, love to play football and hanging out with friends. My favourite places are at Mochas, Hochas or at MSVV playground. My mott - Never Say Never

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