At approximately 10:45 a.m. IST on 7 February 2021, an avalanche-induced flash flood occurred in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand (in India) along the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers. Earlier, it was believed to be a glacial lake outburst flood as the cause of the incident but later satellite imagery revealed it to be an avalanche triggering the landslide and in turn causing flash floods in the downstream. As per the latest media reports, more than 30 were killed and more than 200 are missing.
The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) on 8 February removed the debris and slush at the tunnel near Tapovan dam here in Chamoli district, following the glacier burst which led to heavy flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers. ITBP, Indian Army, and NDRF forces are engaged in the retrieval in the affected areas.
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat conducted a high-level meeting today over the glacier burst in Chamoli in Uttarakhand. The state government has put in place a toll-free number 1070 and WhatsApp number 9454441036 for people of Uttar Pradesh. The chief minister has ordered the setting up of a state control room at Haridwar, AK Awasthi, additional chief secretary (home), informed the press.