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Nandadevi glacier live updates | 150 labourers feared dead, seven bodies recovered as rescue operations continue


Three bodies have been recovered and nearly 100 construction workers reported missing after a flash flood, reportedly caused by the splintering of a glacier, hit the site of the Rishi Ganga dam on the Rishi Ganga River in Uttarakhand on Sunday. A PTI report put the number of workers missing at 150.

“Fifty to a 100 workers are missing,” the Uttarakhand Director-General of Police Ashok Kumar told The Hindu. More information on the fate of the workers is awaited.

One National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team from Dehradun and one from Ghaziabad have been sent for rescue operations while three more teams are being air lifted from Ghaziabad to join the rescue operations.

Orders have been issued to the districts on the Ganga River in Uttar Pradesh to be put on high alert after reports of the breaking of a part of Nandadevi Glacier in neighbouring Uttarakhand, a senior U.P. official said on Sunday. If required, people need to be evacuated and taken to safe places, the district magistrates were instructed.

Navneet Sehgal, UP additional chief secretary information, said that a disaster alert had been sent to all DMs.”The districts on the Ganga River need to be on high alert and continuous monitoring of water level need to be done 24×7,” Mr. Sehgal said quoting the state relief commissioner.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister T.S. Rawat tweeted that the flow of the Alaknanda River ahead of Nandaprayag had stabilised. “The River is flowing one metre above the danger level but the flow is reducing,” he said.

Here are the live updates:

6. 35 p.m.

Seven bodies recovered in Chamoli disaster, rescue operations ongoing: Uttarakhand Chief Minister

Seven bodies have been recovered so far in the Chamoli disaster, said Uttarakhand Chief Minister T.S. Rawat at a press conference. “Rescue operations are going on. District officials are there at the spot,” said Mr. Rawat.

“IAF, Army and Government helicopters are being used to meet the needs of the villagers in the affected area. President, PM and Home Minister telephoned me to express their concern at the incident,” he added.

He claimed that Anant Ambani, son of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, had called to extend help to his government. Mr. Rawat went on to thank the media for not spreadingrumours about the flash flood.

“We will give four lakh rupees as compensation to the families of the dead. Five local persons are reported to have been swept away in the flash flood,” he informed.

He said the death toll of locals was low as Sunday was a holiday. “Experts will tell us about the cause behind the disaster. The incident may have happened at 9.30 am. We have not assessed the damage caused because we are engaged in rescue operations, says the Chief Minister,” he said.

– Amit Baruah

5.50 p.m.

National Crisis Management Committee met today to review glacial burst

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba met today to review the situation arising out of the natural disaster in Uttarakhand caused by glacial burst, says a government statement.

The glacial burst led to the rising of water levels in the river Rishiganga, which washed away the Rishiganga small hydro project of 13.2 MW.  The flash flood also affected the downstream hydro project of NTPC at Tapovan on the river Dhauliganga, which is a tributary of the river Alaknanda, the statement said.

It was further informed that around 12 persons trapped in a tunnel have been rescued by the ITBP; while efforts are on to rescue others trapped in another tunnel, which is being co-ordinated by the Army and ITBP.  All out efforts are being made to ensure that all missing people are traced and accounted for, it said.

– Vijaita Singh

5.40 p.m.

12 rescued from open tunnel by ITBP: NDRF

12 persons rescued so far by the ITBP from an open tunnel. a senior National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) official said. Five NDRF teams, three of which have been air lifted from Hindon in Ghaziabad, are on way to the disaster site and will join rescue ops by late evening.

– Delhi Bureau

5 p.m.

Uttarakhand floods: Vice President prays for safety of those affected

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday prayed for the safety of those affected by the flash flood in Uttarakhand after a glacier broke off at Joshimath.

A part of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday, leading to a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river causing large-scale devastation.

More than 150 labourers working in a power project are missing, officials said.

Homes along the way were swept away as the waters rushed down the mountainsides in a raging torrent. There were fears of damage in human settlements downstream. Many villages were evacuated and people taken to safer areas.

– PTI

4.52 p.m.

Uttar Pradesh Opposition leaders urge Centre to assist neighbouring Uttarakhand as glacier burst sets off flash floods

Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday termed the disaster caused due to flash floods triggered by a massive glacial burst in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district extremely sad, and urged the Centre to extend all possible help to the state.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati said the loss of lives was extremely saddening.

“The loss of lives in the lower areas caused after an avalanche in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is extremely saddening. The Centre should ensure every type of help to the state government to tackle the disaster. This is the demand of the BSP,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.

– PTI

4.47 p.m.

Avalanche damages Tapovan hydro project: NTPC 

State-run power giant NTPC on Sunday said that an avalanche near Tapovan in Uttarakhand has damaged its under-construction hydropower project.

Earlier in the day, a glacier broke off in Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district which caused a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river and endangered lives of people living along its banks.

It is reported that massive destruction is feared.

Later in the day, NTPC tweeted, “An avalanche near Tapovan in Uttarakhand has damaged a part of our under-construction hydropower project in the region.

– PTI

4.45 p.m.

Deeply worried about glacier burst in Uttarakhand, praying for people’s safety: President Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday said he was deeply worried about the massive glacier burst at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district and prayed for the wellbeing and safety of people.

In a tweet, Mr. Kovind also said he was confident that rescue and relief operations on ground are progressing well.

“Deeply worried about the glacier burst near Joshimath, Uttarakhand, that caused destruction in the region. Praying for wellbeing and safety of people. Am confident that rescue and relief operations on ground are progressing well,” he tweeted.

– PTI

4.43 p.m.

Glacier burst: IMD says no adverse weather over affected areas on Feb 7, 8

The MeT department Sunday said no adverse weather events are expected over Chamoli, Tapovan and Joshimath in Uttarakhand on February 7 and 8, in a relief for the area hit by a major glacier burst.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) Additional Director General Anand Sharma said Chamoli, Tapovan and Joshimath are likely to witness dry weather during the two days.

“No snowfall/rainfall is likely on February 7-8,” the IMD said in its special weather advisory for the state.

However, light rainfall/snowfall is likely in the northern parts of the Chamoli district on February 9-10, the advisory added.

 

– PTI

4.40 p.m.

My condolences are with the people of Uttarakhand: Rahul Gandhi

“The flood tragedy is very tragic due to the glacier bursting in Chamoli. My condolences are with the people of Uttarakhand,”tweeted Rahul Gandhi on Sunday. “The state government should provide immediate assistance to all the victims. Congress colleagues also join hands in relief work,” he added.

 

4.30 pm

In constant touch with Uttarakhand CM, officials of NDRF: Narendra Modi

“We are at one bank of river Ganga, but the State which is the origin of the river is facing a natural disaster. A part of glacier has fallen in the river and the river water has risen at various places,” said Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi while visiting Haldia to inagurate projects worth nearly ₹5000 crore on Sunday. “I am in constant touch with Uttarakhand CM, Union Home Minister and the officials of NDRF. People are being evacuated and taken to safe places. We are all praying for the safety of people of Uttarakhand,” he added.

– Shiv Sahay Singh

 4.15 p.m.

Major natural disasters of Uttarakhand

These are the major natural disasters that Uttarakhand has faced over the last three decades:

1991 Uttarkashi Earthquake: An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude hit the undivided state of Uttar Pradesh in October 1991 in which at least 768 people were killed and thousands of homes destroyed.

1998 Malpa Landslide: The small village of Malpa in Pithoragarh district was wiped in the landslide in which about 255 people, including 55 Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims, were killed. The resulting debris partially blocked the Sharda river.

1999 Chamoli earthquake: An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude hit Chamoli district killing over 100 people. The adjoining Rudraprayag district was also heavily affected. Several ground deformations were reported as a result of the earthquake, and landslides and changes in water flow were also recorded. Cracks were observed in roads and on the ground.

2013 North India Floods: In June 2013, a multi-day cloudburst centered on Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides. According to the state government, more than 5,700 people were presumed dead in the disaster. As bridges and roads were destroyed more than 3 lakh people were trapped in the valleys leading to the Char Dham pilgrimage sites.

– PTI

4.10 p.m.

Bollywood celebs wish for people’s safety after massive flood in Uttarakhand

Film personalities, including CBFC chairperson-writer Prasoon Joshi, actors Dia Mirza, Shraddha Kapoor, and filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor on Sunday sent out prayers for the safety of people of Uttarakhand as a glacier broke off at Joshimath in Chamoli district, leading to a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river.

The flood caused large-scale devastation in the upper reaches of the ecologically fragile Himalayas, with 50-100 labourers working at the Rishi Ganga power project missing.

Shraddha Kapoor took to Twitter and wrote, “Distressing to hear about the glacier breaking off in #Uttarakhand. Praying everyone’s safety there.” Mirza, who is vocal about environmental issues, said man-made constructions in the Himalayas contributed to the tragedy.

– PTI

4.00 p.m.

Uttarakhand floods: Kejriwal says ready to extend all help

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government is ready to extend every possible help to people of Uttarakhand where a glacier broke off at Joshimath in Chamoli district on Sunday, leading to a massive flood.

“The news about the disaster in Chamoli is really worrisome. I pray for everybody’s safety. The Delhi government is ready to send every possible help to people of Uttarakhand in this difficult time,” he tweeted in Hindi.

A glacier broke off at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday, leading to a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river and causing large-scale devastation in the upper reaches of the ecologically fragile Himalayas.

– PTI

3.50 pm

Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said that he has spoken to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and assured him of all assistance.

He said the Ministry is keeping an eye on all the possible developments.

“A glacier has broken off in Uttarakhand & breach of a barrage has been reported. I have spoken to the CM Sh. Trivendra Singh Rawat ji and assured him of all assistance. We are keeping an eye on all possible developments. Praying for everyone’s safety!,” Shekhawat tweeted.

– PTI

3.45 pm

 

3.35 pm

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar spoke to the Uttarakhand CM about the tragic incident and said Bihar government officials were in touch with officials of Uttarakhand CM. Mr. Kumar also said the whole of Bihar was with the people of Uttarakhand at this difficult time.

– Amarnath Tewary

3.30 pm

“People living along river banks are being evacuated. As a precaution, the flow of the Bhagirathi River has been stopped. To stop the flow of the Alaknanda River, the GVK dam in Shrinagar and the Virbhadra dam in Rishikesh have been emptied out,” says Uttarakhand Police in a tweet.

– Amit Baruah

3.20 pm

Three bodies have been recovered so far, according to the ITBP.

– Vijaita Singh

3.10 pm

Sixteen persons stuck at the Tapovan dam site in Chamoli district have been rescued by the Uttarakhand police, DGP of the State Ashok Kumar says in a tweet. Claims that the flow of water in Shrinagar (Garhwal) is now normal.

– Amit Baruah

3 pm

Uttarakhand CM tweets:

“A disaster was reported at Raini village at around 1045 am, affecting two dam sites in Chamoli. Immediate instructions were issued to take stock of the situation and take emergency measures. Simultaneously, state’s disaster response mechanism was activated.”

“A disaster was reported at Raini village at around 1045 am, affecting two dam sites in Chamoli. Immediate instructions were issued to take stock of the situation and take emergency measures. Simultaneously, state’s disaster response mechanism was activated.”

“State Chief Secretary, disaster management department and my own team is at the control centre and monitoring the situation on real time basis and they have been instructed to take all appropriate actions necessary to deal with the emerging situation.”

“Currently no additional water flows are being reported & there is no flood situation anywhere. Water from the affected site has reached beyond Nandprayag and river was flowing 1 meter above normal levels. No loss has been reported from villages along Alaknanda. “

“Anyone requiring help can contact following emergency numbers – 1070, 1905 and 9557444486. I thank state’s population in the affected regions for their cooperation and request everyone to maintain calm & not share unverified information on various platforms.”

“Police, SDRF, Army & ITBP teams are already doing their best to save lives of the workers at both the construction sites, affected by the disaster. Two bodies have already been recovered & we are doing our best to lessen the damage caused by the disaster.”

“We are getting all help from centre Govt to deal with situation caused by the disaster. Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji is personally monitoring the situation & have promised all help. Home Minister Shri @AmitShah ji have sent emergency NDRF teams to affected site.”

3 pm

To provide assistance in the flash floods in Uttarakhand, four Army columns of about 400 soldiers, two medical teams, one engineering task force have been deployed at Reni village. Army helicopters are also carrying aerial reconnaissance.

A defence official said, C-130 and AN-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) are being used to airlift NDRF personnel from Ghaziabad to Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun.

– Dinakar Peri

2.30 pm

An eyewitness said he saw a wall of dust, rock and water as an avalanche roared down a river valley.

“It came very fast, there was no time to alert anyone,” Sanjay Singh Rana, who lives on the upper reaches of Raini village, told Reuters by phone. “I felt that even we would be swept away.”

Footage shared by locals showed the water washing away parts of the dam as well as whatever else was in its path.

– Reuters

2.20 pm

“People are requested not to panic. Help reach your people to safe destination,” says Uttarakhand Police in a tweet quoting DGP Ashok Kumar.

– Vijaita Singh

2 pm

 

A tweet from the Prime Minister’s Office said Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the situation in Uttarakhand. “He took stock of the rescue and relief works that were going on.”

– Amit Baruah

1.50 pm

Uttarakhand Chief Minister T.S. Rawat tweeted that the flow of the Alaknanda River ahead of Nandaprayag had stabilised. “The River is flowing one metre above the danger level but the flow is reducing,” he said.

– Amit Baruah

1.45 pm

MHA is monitoring the situation, a spokesperson said.

– Vijaita Singh

1.40 pm

One NDRF team from Dehradun, one from Ghaziabad sent for rescue operations, three more teams being air lifted from Ghaziabad.

1.35 pm

Home Minister Amit Shah tweets that he spoke to the CM of Uttarakhand and the DGPs of ITBP and NDRF. All teams working on a war-footing. NDRF teams also rushed for rescue work.

– Vijaita Singh

1.35 pm

 

1.30 pm

Uttarakhand police tweeted: “Flood advisory- Water level at Srinagar [in Uttarakhand] may rise to 536.00 m at 16:00 hrs. At Rishikesh the water Level may rise to 340.50 m at 20:00 hrs and Haridwar the Water Level May Reach 294.00 m at 21:00 hrs. (The Danger level will cross at Srinagar, Rishikesh and Haridwar)”

– Amit Baruah

1.10 pm

Uttarakhand CM announces helpline numbers – 1070 and 9557444486 – for those affected , repeats not to spread panic through old videos.

– Vijaita Singh

1.00 pm

DGP, Uttarakhand, Ashok Kumar told The Hindu that 50-100 are missing. Those reported missing were working at the hydel power site.

– Vijaita Singh

1.00 pm

Chamoli police (in Uttarakhand) tweets that people in the Tapovan-Reni area have been informed that on account of a glacier breaking off the Rishiganga hydel power project has been damaged. On account of this, the level of the river is rising on account of which people living along the Alaknanda river are advised to move to safer areas.

– Amit Baruah

12.50 pm

ITBP said casualties feared as massive flood in Dhauli Ganga, Joshimath seen near Reni village, 26 km from Joshimath, where a water body flooded and destroyed many houses along the river bank due to some cloudburst or breaching of reservoir at around 10 a.m. Hundreds of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) men rushed for rescue, said the ITBP spokesperson.

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat has tweeted that he is on way to the flood site and requests people not to spread panic by sharing old videos.

– Vijaita Singh

12.40 pm

Orders have been issued to the districts on the Ganga River in Uttar Pradesh to be put on high alert after reports of the breaking of a part of Nandadevi Glacier in neighbouring Uttarakhand, a senior official said on Sunday. If required, people need to be evacuated and taken to safe places, the District Magistrates were instructed.

Navneet Sehgal, U.P. Additional Chief Secretary, Information, said that a disaster alert had been sent to all DMs.

“The districts on the Ganga River need to be on high alert and continuous monitoring of water level need to be done 24×7,” Mr. Sehgal said quoting the State Relief Commisioner.

The NDRF, SDRF and PAC Flood Company are being given instructions to be on highest alert, the Relief Commisioner said.

– Omar Rashid





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