Glacier bursts in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district

Glacier, uttrakhand, high alert, rescue team, Ganga river, power plant, NTPC project

Glacier bursts in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district
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Glacier breaks off in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, causing flash flood in Dhauli Ganga. A glacier burst in Raini area of Chamoli in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand on Sunday caused a flash flood endangering the life of people living near the river bank. The flood has reportedly caused damaged to the hydropower plant nearby. Authorities have sounded a high alert from Chamoli to Haridwar. Chief minister Trivendra Rawat is expected to make an aerial survey shortly. The CM has convened an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation and to supervise rescue and relief operations. As per initial reports, the Tapovan- Vishnugad hydropower plant seems to have been compromised amidst a flood of water seen gushing down the Ganga river. 

Chief minister Trivendra Rawat is expected to make an aerial survey shortly. The CM has convened an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation and to supervise rescue and relief operations.As per initial reports, the Tapovan- Vishnugad hydropower plant seems to have been compromised amidst a flood of water seen gushing down the Ganga river. Reports suggest that there has been heavy damage due to the breaking of the hydropower project and a few people are also believed to have drowned although a clear picture is yet to emerge.

Several labourers working at the hydroelectric power project are feared missing.Government releases helpline numbers. Chief minister Rawat urged people to not spread rumours through old flood videos and released helpline numbers.

"If you are stranded in affected areas and you need any help. Please contact disaster operations center number 1070 or 9557444486," said Rawat.

Rescue operation underway Meanwhile, officials said that settlements near the river banks from Chamoli till Rishikesh and Haridwar are being cleared.

Minister of state, home ministry, Nityanand Rai said that two teams of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have reached the spot and three National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been rushed from Dehradun. Three additional teams will reach at the disaster site with the help of IAF chopper till evening. Though the impact of the disaster may not be felt in Rishikesh and Haridwar, the towns have been put on alert.A government spokesman said that there was not much human habitation at the site where the glacier broke but a number of power projects have been hit.