A spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement on Sunday that, “The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life and dozens of missing lives after the glacier burst incident and subsequent flooding in the state of Uttarakhand in India on Sunday. The UN is ready to contribute to continued rescue and aid efforts if necessary.”
India is getting help in view of the heavy floods caused by avalanches in Uttarakhand. The Secretary-General expressed his deep condolences to the victims, their families, and Government of India” said a statement by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spokesman Stephen Dujaric.
“If necessary, the United Nations is ready to contribute to the ongoing rescue and aid efforts.”
The statement comes at a time when Uttarakhand is struggling under floods after a part of the Nandadevi glacier broke in the Chamoli district of the state on Sunday.
The flood in the Dhauli Ganga, Rishi Ganga, and Alaknanda rivers – all the complex tributaries of the Ganges – triggered widespread panic and mass destruction in the high mountain regions and Himalaya.
At least 10 people have died after the incident and many are missing.
Most of the missing persons are reportedly workers of two NTPC power projects – Tapovan-Vishnugad Hydroelectric Project and Rishi Ganga Hydel Project – which were facing floods and were swept away by the floodwaters.
7 years 7 months ago, in June 2013, a multi-day cloudburst centered over Uttarakhand caused severe floods and landslides.
According to the state government, more than 5,700 people were killed in the disaster. Several bridges and roads were destroyed and more than 3 lakh people were trapped in the valleys leading to the Char Dham pilgrimage sites. Due to climate change, Uttarakhand is facing the same situation in 2021.