Prime Minister Narendra Modi said relief work is in full progress in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, where Nanda Devi glacier burst, leading to a massive flood and causing large-scale devastation.
“Rescue and relief efforts are underway and every attempt is being made to help the affected people. The entire Nation is praying for them,” said the prime minister.
A part of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday, resulting in a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river.
Officials said, Over 150 labourers working at a power project in the northern state are feared dead and many villages were evacuated and people taken to safer areas. Ten bodies were retrieved during rescue operation and 16 persons stuck in a tunnel were rescued by the ITBP.
Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said, Indian Army has reached the spot and a team of NDRF that has reached Dehradun is en route Chamoli. Doctors have also camped there and a team of 60 SDRF personnel with equipment have reached the spot. The Indian Navy divers are being flown in and aircraft and helicopters of the IAF are on standby.