Nature caused wreaking havoc on Sunday in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. At around 9:15 am, a part of the glacier collapsed and fell into the Rishiganga at the top of Raini village in the Neeti valley, causing severe flooding in the river. The 13 MW Rishiganga Hydroelectric Project constructed on the river was completely destroyed by this deluge. At the same time, the 500 MW under construction Tapovan-Vishnugad hydropower project at Tapovan of NTPC suffered heavy losses.
More than 155 laborers and local people working in both the projects are reported to have died. The bodies of eight people have been found so far. According to the district administration, 35 to 40 people were working in the Rishiganga hydropower project during the floods, while 116 of the 178 employees were working in the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydropower project, out of which 25 were from a tunnel Have been rescued.
Teams of ITBP, BRO, NDRF, and SDRF have been deployed into service after the disaster was reported. Four teams of NDRF (about 200 personnel) were airlifted from Delhi to Dehradun, who was sent to Joshimath from there. It is said that the flow of water was so fast that many villages along the banks of Rishiganga and Dhauliganga were also destroyed. Thousands of people were evacuated to safer places. Several districts including Pauri, Tehri, Rudraprayag, Haridwar, and Dehradun have been put on high alert.
At the same time, there was a panic among the people in the lower areas due to the rising water level of the river. In Joshimath, Peepalkoti, Chamoli, Nandprayag, Karnprayag as well as in the Rudraprayag area, police asked loudspeakers for people to go to safer places. The local administration stopped all activities, including rafting, in Rishikesh and Haridwar, alerting the people along the Ganges. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed concern over the disaster in Uttarakhand and assured the state government of all help.
- Rishiganga and Dhauliganga rivers flooded due to breaking of glacier
- Two hydropower projects destroyed, bodies of 8 people found – 25 rescued, including 16 trapped in Tapovan tunnel
- CM reached the spot … Prime Minister Modi is keeping an eye
- Deceased dependents will receive two lakhs, and seriously injured 50 thousand from center
- Four lakhs will be given by the state government to the deceased dependents
- Red alert issued: 600 Army, 250 ITBP, 200 BRO personnel, NDRF deployed, 200 personnel and SDRF teams engaged in rescue operations
- Air Force also deployed three helicopters, two C-130J Super Hercules planes for rescue operations.
- Seven teams of naval divers were engaged
- Destroyed many villages … Thousands of people were evacuated to safe places (Gopeshwar / Joshimath)
- Alert issued in UP, 24-hour monitoring of Ganga’s water level
Loss of more than 4000 crores