Over 150 people are feared dead and the same number of people are missing following a massive flood near a power project at Reni village in Joshimath area of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday, officials said.
The incident occurred after the water level in Dhauliganga river, one of the many sources of the Ganga river, suddenly surged on Sunday morning following an avalanche near the Rishi Ganga power project.
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The 85 km river meets the Alaknanda river at Vishnuprayag at the base of Joshimath mountain in Uttarakhand. Navy divers and Army engineering task force has been deployed for rescue operations.
The ITBP said that the flash flood occurred in Rishi Ganga at around 10.40 am due to a glacier falling into it. This made the volume of water rise exponentially.
Due to this, the Rishi Ganga hydro project was completely devastated, it said.
“The BRO bridge on Joshimath highway was also completely washed away. There were six graziers with their livestock there, and they were also swept away by the flash flood,” the ITBP said.
“Rishiganga meets Dhauliganga near Reni village. So Dhauliganga also got flooded. Five to six houses of the village were also washed away. An NTPC project on river Dhauliganga near Tapovan was completely devastated. Two ‘Jhula’ bridges connecting villages on the other side of the river were also washed away.
The government has appealed to the people not to venture near the Ganga river.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have spoken to the Chief Minister to take stock of the situation in the state.