U’khand Glacier Burst: 32 Dead, HM Says Situation Being Monitored

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Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday, 7 February, was struck by tragedy after a flash flood triggered by a glacier burst left at least 19 people dead and 202 people missing.

All concerned agencies of the Centre and the state are monitoring the situation, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, 9 February, regarding the flash floods in Uttarakhand.

Meanwhile, the death toll in the disaster has risen to 32, with six more bodies having been recovered on Tuesday, the Uttarakhand Police said, adding that 197 people are still missing.

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday said that about 35 people are stuck inside a tunnel near Tapovan. “We're trying to drill and make way via ropes to reach them,” he said.

  • All 12 persons rescued by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on 7 February were discharged on Tuesday from 1st Battalion ITBP, Joshimath.
  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday morning conducted an aerial survey of areas affected due to the disaster
  • The breach had triggered massive flooding along the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers
  • CM Rawat has asked those stuck in affected areas or those in need of help to call on 1070 or 9557444486
10:43 PM , 09 Feb

32 Bodies Recovered, 197 Missing: Uttarakhand Police

The Uttarakhand Police said on Tuesday that 32 bodies have been recovered so far from various locations in the aftermath of the flash floods, while 197 people are missing. “Eight of these (bodies have been) identified. People, who know someone who is missing, can contact DIG Law and Order on +91 7500016666, they'll be sent photos of 24 bodies that are yet to be identified, on WhatsApp,” the police was quoted as saying.

8:12 PM , 09 Feb

Rescue Team Uses Drone to Assess Feasibility of Entering Beyond Cleared Site Inside Tunnel

A joint team of ITBP, NDRF, SDRF and other agencies conducting rescue operations used a drone camera to assess the feasibility of entering beyond the cleared site inside the Tapovan tunnel, the ITBP said, adding that they haven't been successful so far.

5:23 PM , 09 Feb

Central Govt, PM Monitoring Situation in Uttarakhand: Home Minister Amit Shah

Addressing the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Central government, including the prime minister, is monitoring the situation arising out of the flash floods in Uttarakhand.

"Both the control rooms of the Home Ministry are monitoring the situation round the clock and the state is being provided with all the possible help," he was quoted as saying in the Lower House.

3:52 PM , 09 Feb

Financial Aid of Rs 20 Lakh for Families of Deceased: Union Power Minister

The rescue operations are continuing in a tunnel where more than 30 people are said to be trapped.

"Ninety-three NTPC workers are missing. Thirty-nine are still stuck in the tunnel, we're trying to reach them. We are planning to install Early Warning System as a precautionary measure against avalanche. A financial aid of Rs 20 lakh will be given to deceased's families," Union Power Minister RK Singh was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Published: 09 Feb 2021, 8:35 AM IST