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Glacier burst: UN ready to help with rescue efforts in Uttarakhand

PTI United Nations | Updated on February 08, 2021

Rescue operations under way near Tapovan Tunnel   -  PTI

Seven bodies have been recovered while at least 125 people are missing

The United Nations stands ready to contribute to the ongoing rescue and assistance efforts in Uttarakhand if necessary, Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said, as the top leadership of the global organisation expressed sadness over the loss of life and damage from the glacier burst and flooding in Uttarakhand.

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, leaving at least seven people dead and 125 missing who are feared dead.

Floods hit Uttarakhand as glacier breaks off; over 100 feared dead

Large-scale devastation

The sudden flood in the middle of the day 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.

Responding to the statement by Guterres, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador T S Tirumurti, said: “Deeply appreciate the sentiments expressed by UN Secretary General”.

Lull season may have saved many lives in Uttarakhand

Earlier in the day, President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir said that he is closely following the situation in Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has said that seven bodies have been recovered while at least 125 people are missing.

The glacier burst led to a rise in water levels in the river Rishiganga, which washed away the Rishiganga small hydro project of 13.2 MW.

The flash flood also affected the downstream hydro project of NTPC at Tapovan on the river Dhauli Ganga, which is a tributary of the river Alaknanda.

Published on February 08, 2021

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