Nandadevi Glacier burst in Uttarakhand, casualties feared
Many houses reportedly flooded, workers at Rishi Ganga Power Plant missing.
A part of Nandadevi glacier has burst in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Sunday, causing massive floods in Dhauliganga river. As per ANI, many houses on the bank of the river have been destroyed, and casualties have been feared as the glacier broke in Chamoli’s Joshimath area. Over 200 Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel have been rushed to the spot for the rescue operation.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has also been rushed to the spot, along with SDRF teams. Anticipating a sudden rise in water levels due to the glacier burst, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has informed that the flow of river Bhagirathi has been restricted. Similarly, the Srinagar dam and Rishikesh dam have been emptied. "SDRF has been alerted, and I request everyone not to believe in or spread any rumours. Follow the government instructions," he tweeted.
He has also warned that the people living in the low lying areas by the bank of river Alaknanda might have to face flooding due to the situation, and has stated that the people are currently being evacuated by the police. A high alert has been issued in four districts in the state.
Former MP Avtar Singh Bhadana has tweeted that the Rishi Ganga Hydroelectric Power Project has been damaged. Reports have stated that several labourers working at the power plant have also been feared missing. Several districts by the Ganga river have also been put on high alert by the Uttar Pradesh Government.