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Uttarakhand glacier burst HIGHLIGHTS: 26 bodies recovered, 171 missing; rescue operations underway

Uttarakhand glacier burst HIGHLIGHTS: 171 people still remain missing out of which around 35 are supposed to be in the tunnel where rescue operations are underway.

By: Express News Service | Dehradun |
Updated: February 9, 2021 8:20:07 am
Tapovan Tunnel, Uttarakhand glacier burstSite of the Tapovan hydel project as rescue works underway, a day after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing massive flood in Dhauli Ganga River, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Monday, Feb 8, 2021. (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Uttarakhand glacier burst HIGHLIGHTS: In the aftermath of the Uttarakhand glacier burst, 26 bodies have been recovered till now, Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said on Monday. As of 8 pm today, 171 people still remain missing out of which around 35 are supposed to be in the tunnel where rescue operations are underway.

A multi-agency rescue operation including — Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) — is in full swing to release people still stuck in the tunnels. The forces have cleared 90 meter stretch of debris in the big tunnel at Tapovan till now, with about 100 meters of clearing still left to do.

To take stock of the situation, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat Monday visited Chamoli district and said that saving lives was their first priority. Speaking to media persons, Rawat said that they would be successful in clearing the entire debris stretch by today evening.

Yesterday, Rawat  announced Rs 4 lakh financial assistance each for the families of those killed in the mishap.

The glacier burst took place at the Rishiganga power project  after a portion of Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday morning and damaged the Rishiganga dam on Alaknanda river.

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01:31 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Govt taking all measures to help U'khand: PM Modi to state MPs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asserted that his government is taking all measures to support the people of Uttarakhand, parts of which were hit by floods following a glacier burst on Sunday, and assured a delegation of state MPs that it is working to further strengthen infrastructure there to deal with any natural disaster in future.

According to BJP MP Anil Baluni, a Rajya Sabha member from the state, Modi said that the central government stands with the people of the hill-state in this hour of crisis and is constantly monitoring the ongoing rescue operations. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda were also present at the meeting. Modi said several institutions of the central government, be it the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, National Disaster Response Force, Army or Air Force, are part of the rescue mission and state bodies are also working effectively, according to Baluni. PTI

23:28 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Uttarakhand disaster: Engineer from Srinagar missing

An engineer from Kashmir is among those missing following a glacier burst in Uttarakhand, officials said on Monday. Basharat Ahmad Zargar, a resident of Soura area of Srinagar and working as a private company civil engineer at the Rishi Ganga power project in Uttarakhand, went missing after the glacier burst on Sunday morning, the officials said. They said Zargar was still untraceable.

"We have taken up the issue with the government of Uttarakhand. We are in touch with disaster management authority there. The rescue operations are on," Jammu and Kashmir disaster management Director Aamir Ali said. PTI

20:36 (IST)08 Feb 2021

Rescue operations underway at Tapovan tunnel

Site of the Tapovan hydel project as rescue works underway, a day after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing massive flood in Dhauli Ganga River, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

20:22 (IST)08 Feb 2021

China conveys condolences to bereaved families of Uttarakhand's flood tragedy victims

China on Monday conveyed its condolences and sympathy to the families of the bereaved and the injured in the glacier burst in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district.
    
A portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Sunday, triggering an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system that washed away hydroelectric stations, leaving at 11 people dead and over 200 missing who are feared dead.
    
"We have noted that northern India had a massive flood. We want to express our condolences to the victims and sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a media briefing here.
    
"We hope the missing people will be rescued at an early date," he said in response to a question.

(PTI)

20:17 (IST)08 Feb 2021

26 bodies recovered so far, says Uttarakhand Police

So far, bodies of 26 people have been recovered from different places, the Uttarakhand Police informed in a latest update. 

In a tweet, DGP, Uttarakhand, IPS Ashok Kumar said 26 bodies have been recoved from the Tapovan tunnel till 8 pm today. He added that 171 people still remain missing out of which around 35 are supposed to be in the tunnel where rescue operations are underway. 

19:06 (IST)08 Feb 2021

Joint team of ITBP, Army, SDRF, and NDRF inside Tapovan tunnel for rescue operation

18:15 (IST)08 Feb 2021

Joint team of NDRF, SDRF, Army conducting rescue operation in Tapovan tunnel: CM

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat was in the evening briefed by MS Rawat, ADG Western Command ITBP, on the rescue operations being carried out at Tapovan tunnel in Joshimath.

Speaking to news agency ANI, CM Rawat informed that a joint team of NDRF, SDRF and the Army is conducting a rescue operation. Briefing on the rescue work being carried out, he said the team has reached the 130-metre mark in Tapovan tunnel and it may take 2-3 hours to reach the T-point. Rawat added that efforts are underway to safely rescue those stuck in the tunnel. 

17:56 (IST)08 Feb 2021

Power minister RK Singh visits Tapovan tunnel

RK Singh, Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy, MoS in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GOI inside the Tapovan tunnel where the ITBP jawans carrying out search and rescue operations.

16:40 (IST)08 Feb 2021

PM Modi in constant touch, has assured of all possible help: CM Trivendra Singh Rawat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in constant touch with the state government since the tragedy struck and has assured all possible help for Uttarakhand, said Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Monday, while adding that he himself is monitoring the relief work. Speaking to PTI, he said the Centre as well as many states have offered help.

Ration kits are being being provided by the Uttarakhand government to those displaced from their homes, the CM informed. Asserting that priority is to save lives and rehabilitate displaced people, he said economic loss as a result of the tragedy will be ascertained in due course.

16:35 (IST)08 Feb 2021

Breaking of glacier may have caused Chamoli tragedy: CM

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat informed that preliminary estimates show around 200 people missing, while bodies of around 11 people have been found. Speaking to PTI, he said comprehensive analysis is being undertaken to find reasons of incident and build plan to avert future tragedy.

He said breaking of glacier seems to have caused the Chamoli tragedy and added that experts from DRDO, ISRO and other agencies being roped in.

14:07 (IST)08 Feb 2021
What does today's rescue operation in Uttarakhand entail?
  • The multi-agency rescue operation, currently underway in the disaster hit Chamoli district commenced before 7 am Monday morning. To transport rescued people, military aircrafts including MI 17 have carried 6 flights to and fro the site. 
  • The forces completed transportation of required load from Dehradun to Joshimath, which includes 122 personnel, around 5T of load and 06 rescue canines. 
  • Six scientists visited the site for preliminary observation to get insights about the disaster.
  • Further requirements are being coordinated with relevant authorities

13:29 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Should be able to reach people stuck in tunnel by today evening: Uttarakhand CM

To take stock of the situation, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat Monday visited Chamoli district and said that saving lives was their first priority. Speaking to media persons, Rawat said that they would be successful in clearing the entire debris stretch by today evening and hopefully be able to save the lives of 32 people stuck inside. 

Rawat lauded the "collective efforts" of ITBP, NDRF and all the other agencies involved in dealing with the disaster.

13:25 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Rescue operation: 90 meters debris stretch clear, 100 meters left

The forces have cleared 90 meter stretch of debris in the big tunnel at Tapovan till now, with about 100 meters of clearing still left to do.Once the forces work their way into the tunnel they would be able to rescue the 32 people still stuck inside.

12:43 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Multi-agency operation on to rescue those trapped inside tunnels

A multi-agency operation to rescue an estimated 34 people trapped inside a big tunnel at Tapovan was carried out overnight. These included Personnel from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and some state disaster response teams. 

12:11 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Watch| Tunnels being cleared off debris

After rescue authorities worked their way into the tunnels, 19 dead bodies have been recovered so far. Debris are being removed from the tunnels in Tapovan.

11:54 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Uttarakhand CM visits Chamoli, says relief work in full swing

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat Monday visited Chamoli district to take stock of the situation post the glacier disaster that has now claimed 19 lives. Rawat talking to media persons on the site gave assurance of the rescue work done since the disaster hit with rapid supply of machines and other infrastructure constantly coming in. 

Pictures- Twitter/PIB Uttrakhand 

11:38 (IST)08 Feb 2021
PM Modi, Amit Shah constantly reviewing situation on ground, says Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Monday said that Uttarakhand authorities are constantly receiving directions from the Central government with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah constantly keeping in touch. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keeping track and Home Minister Amit Shah is also reviewing the situation every half an hour,” Nishank said.

11:30 (IST)08 Feb 2021
19 bodies recovered

As rescue operations continue at the Rishiganga power project 19 bodies have been recovered till now.Out of these 4 were recovered from Rudraprayag and15 from Chamoli. Relief and rescue operations are underway at the affected sites.

09:55 (IST)08 Feb 2021
10 bodies recovered, over 150 still missing: Uttrakhand DGP

In the aftermath of the Uttarakhand glacier burst, 10 bodies --  3 from Tapovan and 7 in the route to Karnprayag --have been recovered till now, Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said on Monday. Twelve people on Sunday were rescued from the smaller tunnel, Kumar said adding that efforts are underway to open the bigger tunnel where more people are feared trapped. 

Currently, 32 people from the first tunnel and 121 people from the second one are still missing.  Kumar also urged people to not panic as rescue work is in full swing.

09:18 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Rescue operations intensified as 30 people still trapped in one of the tunnels

Rescue operations in one of the tunnels of Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project intensified Monday as at least 30 people are still trapped inside. "Around 300 ITBP jawans are deployed to clear the tunnel, " ITBP Spokesperson Vivek Pandey told ANI.  As operations are underway, “more teams will be sent there if it is required, we are focussing on rescuing people from the tunnel first,” Pandey added.

ITBP carrying out rescue operation in Uttarakhand. (Photo: ITBP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Amit Shah took stock of the rescue and relief work.  Two Indo-Tibetan Border Police teams, comprising about 200 personnel, had moved to the affected areas from Joshimath, PTI quoted an ITBP official as saying. As news of the disaster came in, two teams were rushed from Dehradun to Joshimath, NDRF Director General S N Pradhan added. "We are working to airlift three-four more teams from the Hindon IAF base near Delhi," he said.

ITBP personnel rescue workers from tunnel. (Photo: ITBP)

“At around 10:45 hours flash flood occurred in river Rishiganga due to falling of glacier in the river which exponentially increased the volume of water. Due to this the Rishiganga hydro project near Raini village was completely devastated. The BRO bridge on Joshimath-Malaria highway was also completely washed away. There were six graziers with their livestock and they were also taken away by flashflood. Rishiganga meets Dhauli Ganga near Raini. So Dhauli Ganga also got flooded. Five-six houses of the village were also washed away. There was an NTPC project on river Dhauli Ganga near Tapovan. The entire project was completely devastated. Two Jhulla bridges connecting villages on the other side of river also washed away,” an ITBP official said.

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