Uttarakhand on alert after glacier breaks, triggering floods in Chamoli

CHAMOLI (Uttarakhand ), Feb 7 (Agencies): A glacier broke off at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, causing flash floods in Dhauli Ganga and triggering evacuation on Sunday. The state government has asked authorities in all districts on the banks of the Ganga river to be on a high alert.
About 150 labourers working in power projects were reported missing. Teams of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the National Disaster Response Force were rushed to flood-hit areas in Uttarakhand to undertake relief and rescue work, while Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat appealed to people to not spread rumours through old flood videos.
In a disaster alert issued to all the district magistrates in UP, the Relief Commissioner said in a statement, “Report of breaking of a part of Nandadevi Glacier in Uttarakhand has been received. The districts on the Ganga river (banks) need to be on a high alert and the monitoring of water level needs to be done 247. If required, the people need to be evacuated.”
The NDRF, SDRF and PAC Flood Company are been given instructions to be on the highest alert, the statement added.
Four NDRF teams are being airlifted to Dehradun to reach Joshimath.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted that, PM Narendra Modi, while in Assam, reviewed the situation in Uttarakhand. “He spoke to CM Rawat and other top officials. He took stock of the rescue and relief work underway. Authorities are working to provide all possible support to the affected.”
Home Minister Amit Shah has also spoken to CM Rawat and assured him of all possible support to deal with the situation.
It has been reported that an alert has been sounded for all downstream districts, and people from Vishnuprayag, Joshimath, Karnprayag, Rudraprayag, Rishikesh and Haridwar have been warned against visiting river banks.

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