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Uttarakhand floods live updates: About 25-35 people are trapped inside a tunnel, and the operation to rescue them is underway

Uttarakhand | Trivendra Singh Rawat | Indian Air Force

BS Web Team  | New Delhi 


floods LIVE updates: At least 197 people are missing while 26 bodies have been recovered so far after a flash flood inundated a power project at Raini village in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district of on Sunday. About 25-35 people are trapped inside a tunnel, and the operation to rescue them is underway.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asserted that his government is taking all measures to support the people of Uttarakhand, parts of which were hit by floods following a glacier burst on Sunday, and assured a delegation of state MPs that it is working to further strengthen infrastructure there to deal with any natural disaster in future.

A portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Sunday, triggering an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system that washed away hydroelectric stations. The Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 400,000 each to the kin of those who lost their lives.

The sudden flood in the Dhauli Ganga, Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda rivers -- all intricately linked tributaries of the Ganga -- triggered widespread panic and large-scale devastation in the high mountain areas. Two power projects NTPC's Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project and the Rishi Ganga Hydel Project were extensively damaged with scores of labourers trapped in tunnels as the waters came rushing in.

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First Published: Mon, February 08 2021. 07:24 IST