Over 150 feared dead as a glacier broke-off at Joshimath, triggering massive flash-flood in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand.

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Flood water gushing through a valley in Chamoli district

UTTARAKHAND: Over 150 labourers feared dead as a glacier collapse in Joshimath triggered massive floods in the river Dhauli Ganga in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on Sunday morning.

According to the reports, around 150 labourers working at the Rishi Ganga Power Project were directly on the path of raging flood. State Disaster Response Force was pressed into rescue and relief work.  Teams of Indo-Tibetan Border Police and National Disaster Rescue Force were deployed to the flood-hit regions.

Power project officials have said that they failed to contact 150 of the labourers who were at the project site at the time of glacier broke-off.

The flood which was triggered in Chamoli also impacted the districts of Pauri, Tehri, Rudraprayag, Haridwar and Dehradun. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat appealed people to avoid spreading rumours by circulating old video clips of floods. Administration at all the districts were put on high alert and advised not to go near river Ganga. State Disaster Management Centre informed that at least seven people have died and around 170 have gone missing.

Uttarakhand Director General of Police Ashok Kumar stated owing to the sudden rise in water level, rescue work at the NTPC’s 900-metre long Tapovan Tunnel was halted. Border Road Organization managed to reopen the Rishikesh-Joshimath-Mana Road which was blocked after the flash flood.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “I am constantly monitoring the unfortunate situation in Uttarakhand. India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety there. Have been continuously speaking to senior authorities and getting updates on NDRF deployment, rescue work and relief operations.

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