16 Pulled Out of Flooded Tunnel, 10 Bodies Recovered, 125 Missing in Nandadevi Glacier Burst
Sixteen workers trapped in a tunnel near Tapovan dam were successfully rescued by ITBP personnel on Sunday evening after a part of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district earlier in the day, leading to a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river and causing large-scale devastation in the upper reaches of the ecologically fragile Himalaya. Over 125 labourers working at a power project in Tapovan-Reni are feared dead, an Indo Tibetan Border Police spokesperson said while quoting the project-in charge. Ten bodies were recovered, ITBP Spokesperson Vivek Pandey said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in West Bengal as part of the BJP’s political campaign for the upcoming assembly polls, said the Centre is providing all possible help. “Uttarakhand is facing a disaster. I am in touch with State CM Trivendra Rawat ji, Union Home Minister and NDRF officers. The rescue operations are underway,” he said while speaking at a rally in Haldia, West Bengal.
France expresses its full solidarity with India, after a glacier burst in the Uttarakhand province, leading to the disappearance of over 100 people. Our thoughts are with them and their families: French President Emmanuel Macron.
As part of IAF disaster relief Task Force, a C130J Super Hercules transport aircraft landed at the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun with rescue teams and other heavy equipment on board.