Dehradun : Till now 14 dead bodies have been recovered in the devastation caused by the bursting of the glacier in Chamoli, Uttarakhand. However, many people are still feared trapped under the debris. Nearly 170 people have been missing since the devastation. Tapovan’s power project has been destroyed in this incident. Yesterday, the ITBP soldiers evacuated 12 people trapped in the tunnel. At the same time, about 30 people are still feared trapped in the second tunnel. Presently, rescue operations are going on at a rapid pace.
The relief and rescue operations continued overnight in Chamoli district. Teams of ITBP, NDRF and SDRF are continuously engaged in rescue work. In a short time the Air Force will also be engaged in relief work. The people of Raini village have suffered the most. More than 100 people are being reported missing here. Chamoli Police has also asked people to be vigilant by tweeting.
First, the flood caused havoc in the Rishi Ganga power project near Raini village and destroyed the Rishi Ganga power project. The Rishi Ganga Power Project was formed in 2005. This power project is a personal project of more than 13 MW capacity. There have also been many controversies regarding this power project, although power generation had started here. Around 35 people were working in this project, of which four policemen were also on duty. Two were on leave and two are missing. About 30 people are still missing.
NTPC’s Tapovan power project of the state-run company started construction in 2006 and more than 70 percent of its work was completed. The project was expected to be completed this year, but the power project has suffered a lot due to the devastation. 148 people working on this project are still missing. In addition to the Rishi Ganga and Tapovan power projects, roads were washed away in Raini village, Lata village and Malari area. Also, a bridge of BRO was also washed away.
The administration became active as soon as the news of the destruction came. Directions started coming from all sides including the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the Chief Minister. PM Modi has announced two lakh rupees from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and Rs 50,000 each for the seriously injured. While the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand has announced a compensation of four lakh rupees to the families of the deceased.
Army, Airforce are present in rescue operations at this time. ITBP, NDRF, SDRF and police personnel are constantly working on their levels. In Joshimath, Uttarakhand, the Dhauliganga river was flooded due to the breaking of the glacier. Further, it joins Alaknanda and flows to Haridwar as Ganges River. Alert is also issued in Bijnor, UP as a precautionary measure.