Following an avalanche near a power project at the Reni village of Chamoli district in Uttrakhand, massive floods have been reported near Joshimath area with water levels in Dhauliganga river suddenly crossing its regular flow on Sunday morning.
According to reports, the incident took place near the Reni village, which is 26 km far from Joshimath. The Dhauliganga river got flooded and destroyed many houses situated at the river banksides. The flood has damaged the Rishi Ganga Dam on Alaknanda river.
Reportedly, three bodies have been recovered so far. Around 150 labourers working at the Rishiganga power project are also feared missing as they may have been directly affected by the disaster.
Informing about the disaster, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said all districts are on high alert and people have been warned not to venture near the Ganga river. He also appealed to people to not spread rumours through old flood videos.
Disaster response teams have been deployed to conduct search-and-rescue and relief operations. The Army has committed four columns and three helicopters are already operating.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the situation and also took stock of the rescue and relief operations that is underway.
Prime Minister Modi who is in Assam to campaign for Assembly polls tweeted: “Am constantly monitoring the unfortunate situation in Uttarakhand. India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety there. Have been continuously speaking to senior authorities and getting updates on NDRF deployment, rescue work and relief operations.”