Chamoli, Uttarakhand: A glacier break in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Sunday morning triggered an avalanche and flooding of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers, forcing emergency evacuations of nearby settlements and causing damage to a power project near Raini village. The glacier has flowed near the Joshimath in Uttarakhand.
The reservoir was breached as a result of the breakage of the glacier which caused as well in the river water leading to flooding and subsequently destroying many houses on the river side.
The state government has warned against visiting the banks of the Alaknanda and Ganges rivers from Vishnuprayag, Joshimath, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag, Srinagar, Rishikesh or Haridwar.
The Joshimath -Malari bridge has been washed away due to the flooding in Dhauli Ganga river. According to sources it is said that approximately around 150 people are missing.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat tweeted, "There is a possibility of damage to the Rishi Ganga project in the Rini village of Chamoli due to heavy rains and sudden water. There is also a possibility of flooding in the lower areas of Alaknanda due to sudden arrival in the river. People have been alerted in coastal areas. People settled along the river are being removed from the area.
Hundreds of ITBP ( INDO TIBETAN BORDER POLICE) rush to the spot and rescue operations that are being conducted. The State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) has also rushed to the spot.