A major accident has occurred in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, where the dam of the Rishi Ganga Tapovan Hydro Project near Raini village cracked due to the breaking of the glacier located in the core zone under the Chamoli Nanda Devi National Park. Besides affecting many labourers working in this project, the consequent flood drowned houses, although there is no official confirmation of the same from government sources.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has tweeted, advising people to not pay heed to rumours. He said, “A disaster has been reported from Chamoli district. The district administration, police department and disaster management have been ordered to deal with this disaster. Ignore any kind of rumour. The government is taking all necessary steps.”
In another tweet, he wrote, “I am leaving for the scene. I plead everyone not to share old videos and spread rumours. All necessary steps have been taken to deal with the situation. Have patience!”
A team of SDRF reached the spot and have started the rescue operation. ITBP jawans have left for the spot for relief.
Chief Minister Rawat said, “People are being evacuated from the areas near Alaknanda. As a precaution, the flow of River Bhagirathi has been stopped. Srinagar Dam and Rishikesh Dam have been evacuated to stop the flow of Alaknanda water. SDRF is on alert.”
Many houses are feared to have been submerged due to the glacier burst and many people are feared dead.
The Uttarakhand government has released a helpline number for the accident.
The chief minister tweeted, ‘If you are stuck in the affected area, if you need any kind of help, please contact Disaster Operations Center number 1070 or 9557444486. Please do not spread rumours from old videos about the incident.”
After the glacier burst in Chamoli, an alert has been issued in many districts including Haridwar as a precautionary measure. In view of the threat to life and property, the district magistrate of Haridwar has directed an evacuation in the areas along the banks of the Ganga.
Kumbh is about to begin in Haridwar this month, preparations for which were on full swing when the devastation happened.