Social media on Monday flooded with heartbreaking images from reconnaissance flights showing the damage caused by the glacier break and flood in Uttarakhand. While the rescue operations are still going on in the states Chamoli district, the officials confirmed 14 deaths and 170 missing cases registered.
Most of the missing persons are reportedly workers of two NTPC power project — Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project and the Rishi Ganga Hydel Project. Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced ₹ 4 lakh compensation for the family of those killed.
The CM also stated that teams from the police, the Army and the ITBP, as well as from the national and state disaster response forces are crossing all the odds to rescue the people stuck and forcing the evacuation in the affected areas.
State Disaster Response Force DIG Ridhim Aggarwal said that more than 150 labourers working at the Rishi Ganga Power Project may have been directly affected. “Representatives of the power project have told me that they are not being able to contact around 150 of their workmen at the project site,” she said
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.