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2021 Uttarakhand glacier burst

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2021 Uttarakhand glacial burst
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LocationUttarakhand
Deaths10 dead, 170 missing
Property damageNot yet estimated

On February 7, 2021, a chunk from Nandadevi glacier broke off in Joshimath in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district resulting into flash floods along the Alaknanda River and Dhauliganga River.[1][2]

Cause[edit source | edit]

Preliminary reports suggest that Nandadevi glacier chunk broke off due to less snowfall in 2020–21 winter season.[3][4] Experts are also suggesting the climate change is one of the primary reasons for this catastrophe.[5][6]

Rescue operations[edit source | edit]

National Disaster Response Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Uttarakhand's State Disaster Response Force and local police are carrying out rescue operations at the affected areas.[7] Simultaneously, Indian Army's four columns and medical teams deployed at Ringi village.[8]

Following districts are put on high alert - Pauri Garhwal district, Tehri Garhwal district, Rudraprayag district, Haridwar district and Dehradun district.[9]

Damages[edit source | edit]

According to local media reports, NTPC Limited's Tapovan-Vishnugad Hydel Project and the Rishi Ganga Hydel Project were extensively damaged with 125 labourers trapped in tunnels as the water came rushing in.[10][11] The district of Chamoli in Uttarakhand appeared to have been hit hardest by the surging Dhauliganga River.[12]

Relief efforts[edit source | edit]

Two C-130J Super Hercules with 3 companies of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in the rescue mission.[13] Many villages were evacuated as authorities emptied two dams farther down the river to stop the flood waters from reaching towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh.[14]

See also[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "Uttarakhand glacier burst: What is glacial outburst flood? How and why a glacier breaks?". www.timesnownews.com. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  2. "Uttarakhand flood news live: Glacier burst in Uttarakhand Chamoli district; 7 bodies recovered, 125 missing after avalanche". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  3. "Glacier breaks in Chamoli, experts blame low snowfall". www.downtoearth.org.in. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  4. "India floods: Scores missing after glacier smashes Uttarakhand dam". BBC News. 7 February 2021. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  5. Koshy, Jacob (7 February 2021). "Uttarakhand glacier burst | Experts point to climate change impact". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  6. Bandyopadhyay, Krishnendu (7 February 2021). "Climate change behind Uttarakhand glacier burst, experts feel". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  7. Sandhu, Kamaljit Kaur (7 February 2021). "Uttarakhand glacier burst not as big as 2013 Kedarnath disaster: NDRF IG". India Today. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  8. "Uttarakhand glacier burst: 4 columns of Army, medical teams deployed at Ringi village". ANI News. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  9. "Nanda Devi glacier burst: What we know so far". The Indian Express. 7 February 2021. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  10. Mashal, Mujib; Kumar, Hari (7 February 2021). "Glacier Bursts in India, Leaving More Than 100 Missing in Floods". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  11. "Uttarakhand glacier burst LIVE Updates: At least 125 missing, 7 bodies recovered; CM announces Rs 4 lakh relief for kin of deceased". The Indian Express. 7 February 2021. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  12. Mashal, Mujib; Kumar, Hari (7 February 2021). "Glacier Bursts in India, Leaving More Than 100 Missing in Floods". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  13. "Centre will extend all possible help to U'khand govt to tackle flood situation, says Amit Shah". BW Businessworld. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  14. "Glacier breaks in India's north; flood kills 9, 140 missing". AP NEWS. 7 February 2021. Retrieved 7 February 2021.

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