On Sunday afternoon, occurred a sudden flood in Dhauli Ganga, Rishi Ganga, and Alaknanda rivers triggering widespread panic and heavy devastations in the high mountain ranges. Over 150 missing and about 15 people killed in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district when a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off on Sunday. Also, further triggering an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system.
As per the coverage by The Hindu; there were two power projects NTPC’s Tapovan-Vishnugad Hydel project and the Rishi Ganga Hydel project which received extensive damage where laborers of the projects were trapped in tunnels as the waters came in a full rush.
According to recent updates:
Rakesh Bhatt, one of the workers who was rescued stated that they waited for hours, praying to god and joking with each other. He further stated that: “We thought it might be rain and that the water will recede. But when we saw mud and debris enter with great speed, we realized something big had happened.”
One of the workers amongst the trapped was able to contact an official through his mobile phone. These workers were trapped for six hours and Rakesh Bhatt was the first one to be rescued, to that he said: “it was a great relief.”
The reason why the Nanda Devi glacier burst on Sunday morning is yet uncertain. But the snap sends floodwater surging downstream towards the power plant and the village.
One of the many reasons for a glacier burst can be seismic activity and a buildup of water pressure. Yet, one particular reason can be climate change. Higher temperature with less snowfall, a complex weather situation like that can accelerate melting, which as a result causes waters levels to rise exponentially high.
DGP stated: The entire Rishi Ganga power project was destroyed
A bridge that linked 13 villages which were located close to the China border was washed away the entire Rishi Ganga project was destroyed, Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar informed the media from the main disaster location.
12 people were rescued in Tapovan from a smaller tunnel on Sunday, whereas 13 missing has been reported back to the authorities. “Over 30 people were feared trapped in the long tunnel from which debris and slush were being removed,” DGP Ashok Kumar further stated.
As the relief material is being supplied to the village, nearly 202 missing persons report has been accounted said the Uttarakhand police.
According to live updates, the state government has released a relief package of Rs. 20 crore tweeted Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat for those affected.