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U'khand glacial burst: Pak expresses condolences to families of victims

Pakistan expressed condolences to the family members of the victims of Uttarakhand's glacier burst, which has caused massive flash floods in the state

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on Sunday expressed condolences to the family members of the victims of Uttarakhand's glacier burst, which has caused massive flash in the state.

In a tweet, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that the country was saddened over the loss of precious lives due to the flash in

"Saddened over loss of precious lives due to flash caused by glacier break-off in Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. We pray for the safety and early rescue and recovery of those missing," he tweeted.

A glacial broke in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of on Sunday that triggered massive flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda Rivers and damaged houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.

"It is suspected that around 100 workers were at the site out of which, 9-10 dead bodies have been recovered from the river," said SS Deswal, Director General, ITBP.

The rescue operations had to be suddenly stopped in Dhauliganga due to the rise in the water level of the river, informed Yashwant Chauhan, Superintendent Police, Chamoli.

Nearly 180 sheep and goats were believed to have been swept away in the flash flood, said Rawat adding five locals including three shepherds and two women who were cutting grass had lost their lives in the disaster.

Meanwhile, Tapovan Hydro-Electric Power Dam, also known as Rishi Ganga Project was completely washed off following a glacier burst in the Chamoli district, said the Indian Air Force's initial report as Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) deployed at Joshimath has undertaken recce of affected areas.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives due to the glacial burst.

"We are assuming that around 125 people are missing.

The number can be higher," Rawat said. He added that the government has all the needed assistance to handle the situation for now.

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First Published: Mon, February 08 2021. 08:05 IST