A tragedy is reported in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli after a glacier broke in Ghauli Ganga valley in the Joshimath area of Uttarakhand. According to reports, around 100-150 locals casualties are feared. These people are laborers who were working at the Rishi Ganga hydroelectric power project and are reported missing after the incident.  

The details of the matter indicate a dam breaching and being washed away in Uttarakhand. The concerned teams of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and State Disaster Response Force rushed to the affected areas to carry out the search and rescue program in the village. Meanwhile, due to the glacier breaching, the rivers of the region witnessed flash floods.  

Dhauliganga river saw a massive flood near Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. According to news agency ANI, authorities of the area promptly launched a search and rescue operation and also issued an alert in the districts downstream up to Haridwar.  

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash issued a statement saying at least 100-150 casualties are feared in the flash flood. He also said that hundreds of ITBP and SDRF personnel have been conducting the rescue operations near the Raini village. 

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat stated that due to the tragedy there is a possibility of damage caused to the Rishiganga project. He took to Twitter and said, “There is a possibility of damage to the Rishiganga project in Rini village of Chamoli due to heavy rains and sudden water. There is also a possibility of flooding in the lower areas of Alaknanda due to sudden arrival in the river. People have been alerted in coastal areas. People settled along the river are being removed from the area.” 

Rawat also took part in an emergency meeting to assess the tragic situation and to efficiently supervise the rescue and relief operations. Director-General of NDRF, SN Pradhan also said, “The glacier breach has impacted the Rishiganga river and flooding has taken out one bridge being constructed by BRO. The upper reaches of the Rishiganga project also has been damaged. Chamoli, Joshimath and other downstream reaches will be affected.” 

The senior official of SDRF also added, “Teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are already deployed in Joshimath. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has already moved from Dehradun to Joshimath. We are organising airlift for 3-4 more teams from Delhi to Dehradun onwards to Joshimath.”  

Meanwhile, due to sensitive physical proximity with the affected area, Uttar Pradesh has also been put on high alert after the Nanda Devi Glacier breach. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed all the UP-District Magistrates situated along the Ganga river to be assertive and on high alert. 

A government spokesperson also said that the water levels of the Ganga river are constantly monitored. The spokesperson said while speaking to the news agency, “If required, people will be evacuated to safe places. National Disaster Response Force, SDRF and Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary have also been put on highest alert,” the spokesman said. 

Additionally, Amit Shah, Union Home Minister also took the stock of the situation by speaking to Uttarakhand CM Rawat, the DGs of the ITBP and NDRF chiefs. Shah assured that all the concerned officials are working proactively on war footing to help and rescue people.  

Shah said, “NDRF teams have left for rescue operations. Every possible help will be provided to Devbhoomi. Some more NDRF teams are being airlifted to Uttarakhand from Delhi. We are constantly monitoring the situation.” added Shah. 

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi also took to Twitter after the tragic incident and said how he is monitoring the situation and is praying for everyone’s safety in the affected area.