Heavy devastation due to breaking of glacier in Uttarakhand, CM inspects the affected area

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Announcement of financial assistance of 4 lakhs to each deceased’s dependent.

Prime Minister Modi also announced financial assistance of 2-2 lakh.

Currently, the situation is normal and under control in disaster prone areas.

Dehradun, 07 February: Today, there is widespread destruction due to the breaking of glacier in Raini region of Joshimath under Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

Two power projects have been badly hit by this disaster. About one hundred fifty people are said to be missing. ITBP rescue teams have recovered 10 bodies.

Currently, relief and rescue operations are going on a war footing. An alert has been sounded in the Ganges coastal areas.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat took stock of the affected area and took stock of the situation.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inspected the disaster site after noon and took stock of the situation.

After returning from the site of the incident, the Chief Minister informed the journalists in detail about this in the media center located in the Secretariat.

He informed that as soon as the information about the glacier burst in Joshimath area, the team of district administration and SDRF reached the spot for relief and rescue operations. He along with Garhwal Commissioner Ravinath Raman and DIG Neeru Garg reached the affected areas. He took full information from District Collector Chamoli.

Chief Secretary Om Prakash and Secretary Disaster Management SA Murugeshan continued to monitor the situation while being present in the Disaster Management Center Secretariat and also gave necessary guidelines to the District Magistrates.

The Chief Minister said that apart from this disaster, the Rishiganga Hydroelectric Project near Rani has also suffered some damage along with NTPC’s power project at Tapovan.

CM said that according to preliminary estimates about 125 people are missing in this disaster. 5 people of Raini region have also lost their lives in it. The bodies of 7 people have been recovered so far.

He said that immediate financial assistance of 4-4 lakhs has been sanctioned to the dependents of the deceased. The Chief Minister said that our first objective is to protect the goods. Rishiganga and NTPC are assessing the damage done to them. The Chief Minister informed that one large and 4 small bridges have been damaged in this area. Army helipad and SDRF personnel as well as army and state government helicopters have been provided with necessary medical facilities to provide necessary assistance etc. to the 11 affected villages.

He said that the villages, whose road connectivity has been damaged due to the damage to the roads and bridges connecting the Niti Valley near Raini, include the villages Gahar, Bhangule, Raini Palli, Pang, Lata, Suraithota, Tolma, Fagarasu etc. Among the bridges, Jungju’s swing bridge, Juvagwad-Satdhar Jhulapul, Bhaguel-Tapovan Jhulapul and Pang Murnda Bridge have been washed away. Shivji in Rani and Maa Bhagwati temple in Jugju have also been washed away in the disaster.

He further added said that at present, the situation is under control, not a threat. Debris in the tunnel of the power project is stored deep inside and it was extremely difficult to reach the tunnel. It was difficult for the machine to go into the tunnel, so ITBP jawans reached there with the help of rope. There is 35-40 feet of silt deposited in the tunnel. In this tunnel of 250 meters, the soldiers have reached 150 meters through their morale.

The Chief Minister said that the team of NDRF has come from Delhi and more soldiers will come tomorrow. The Army, Paramilitary Force and our doctors are deployed at the disaster site. After surveying the aerial, he himself took stock of the situation. Army, Air Force and state helicopters have been deployed there in case of any need.

โ€œOur medical team is ready for every situation and 90 jawans have also been reached there. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi got the news, he expressed concern by talking to me on the phone and said that he is ready to help if needed. The Prime Minister has also announced financial assistance of Rs. 02-02 lakhs to the deceased dependents,โ€ CM Rawat added.  

Apart from President Ramnath Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, CDS General Vipin Rawat etc. also assured all possible cooperation. Acharya Balakrishna assured cooperation that he is ready to adopt orphans and is with the government in every situation. Shantikunj and Vivekananda Hospital Pipalkoti have also assured cooperation.

The Chief Minister also thanked the media for contributing to prevent the spread of rumours regarding the situation arising out of this horrific disaster.

He said that we have complete system to fulfil every need. We have a sufficient amount of rescue team, medical, helicopters and experts. The entire focus of the government is on those who can save their lives. He said that the water is clean near Rudraprayag.

He said that the water from the dam of Srinagar Hydropower Project was evacuated as soon as the disaster was reported. Also, high alert was issued immediately along the banks of Ganges and Alaknanda.

Earlier, the Chief Minister also inspected the Disaster Management Center at the Secretariat and discussed the situation arising out of the disaster with the higher officials of the government.

The Chief Minister directed that the relief and rescue operations should be constantly monitored in the disaster affected area. He said that for this, an immediate arrangement of the desired amount To be sure

Regarding rescue and relief operations in this horrific disaster in Raini area of โ€‹โ€‹Joshimath, ITBP Commandant Shendil Kumar told that 250 ITB personnel are reaching the rescue site and are carrying out a rescue operation. These include eight officers including a medical officer. NTPC are working in the area around the power house. 10 to 15 people are trapped somewhere in the tunnel, now it is estimated that these people are alive. Efforts are being made to remove them. Two teams of the eighth battalion of ITBP, including 90 jawans, have left for the scene in Gauchar. Apart from this, one company each in Gauchar and Dehradun is awaiting orders. Every company in Matali and Uttarakhand in Uttarkashi is ready for this task. Apart from this, two teams of Specialist Mounting and Skiing Institute Auli have reached Tapovan area.

Army colonel S Shankar said that a team of 40 army personnel has reached Tapovan from Joshimath. A team is in Joshimath. Two army teams have come from Auli to Joshimath for a relief operation. Two military teams are kept ready in Rudraprayag. An engineering task force has reached Tapovan from Joshimath. Two medical officers and two ambulances have reached Tapovan. The Army’s helipad is operational for the Civil Administration. Civil line is operational for communication. Two helicopters have also reached Joshimath from Bareilly.