In a piece of heartbreaking news from Uttarakhand, as many as seven people have lost their lives and over 170 are still missing after a part of a glacier broke at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district causing an avalanche downstream in the rivers of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga.
Apart from the loss of precious life, the infrastructural damage in the area was also massive with over five bridges washed away, damage to the nearby NTPC power plant and also small hydropower projects near Rishiganga.
IFS Anikt Kumar shared a clip showing how the glacier broke in the upper Himalayas resulted in the breakage of other glaciers that had held the water at Joshimath. As other glaciers broke, the slit, along with water settled at Joshimath, came hurrying down destroying everything on its way.
Meanwhile, out of the 170 people that are missing, 148 were employed at the NTPC plant and 22 at Rishiganga. Lucky, 12 people trapped in an under-construction tunnel were rescued by ITBP personnel. ITBP and locals have thankfully come together to offer help to the needy, while the state and Centre government also continue to offer support.
Besides ITBP jawans, six teams of 100 soldiers each from the Indian Army and as many as 8 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are also lending their hands in the rescue and relief operations.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that ₹4-Lakh would be given in compensation to the families who had lost their loved ones. Another ₹2-lakh will be given from Prime Minister Relief Fund.
As the glacier burst was reported from Uttarakhand, pictures from the scene began flooding social media. Have a look:
The destruction has once again refreshed the talks around climate change and it being a reality capable of destroying lives if not made harmony with.