A flash flood has been reported in Dhauliganga River after a glacial burst in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand leading to an avalanche on Sunday. Uttarakhand Chief Secretary told a news agency that around 100 to 150 people are feared dead.
According to reports, the Centre has deployed five National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and two Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) teams are deployed for search and rescue operations. Reportedly, around 200 State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel have also been deployed.
The flash floods hit the Rishiganga power project has reportedly damaged the project site. SDRF DIG Ridhim Aggarwal told a news agency that around 150 workmen working at the power project are missing. “Representatives of the power project have informed me that they are unable to contact around 150 of their workmen at the project site,” Aggarwal said.
Shortly after the glacial burst, a warning was issued to residents asking them not to visit river banks. Subsequently, a warning was also issued for all downstream districts, and people from Rishikesh, Vishnuprayag, Haridwar, Karnprayag, Rudraprayag and Joshimath. These people have been asked to avoid visiting the Ganga River.