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Uttarakhand flash flood: Armed forces and CAPF pressed in for search and rescue operations

At around 10:45 am on Sunday, flash flood occurred in river Rishi Ganga after glacier fell in the river, which exponentially increased the volume of water. 

Uttarakhand flash flood: Armed forces and CAPF pressed in for search and rescue operations
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New Delhi, First Published Feb 7, 2021, 4:30 PM IST
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Dehradun: Indian Air Force’s transport aircraft C-130 and AN-31 on Sunday airlifted two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to flood-hit areas in Uttarakhand, where a glacier broke off at Joshimath and caused massive flooding in the Dhauli Ganga river. 

Indian Army

The army has deployed its four columns (400 personnel), two medical teams, one engineering task force at Ringi village in Uttarakhand to carry out search and rescue operations (SAR). 

It has also deployed its choppers for aerial Reece and to assist the state government and NDRF to tackle the flood situation. Also, the Army headquarters is monitoring the situation. 

Indian Air Force

Indian Air Force has deployed its transport jet to airlift the NDRF personnel from Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun.

Indo-Tibetan Border Force

ITBP has rushed a team of 250 personnel from Auli to carry out rescue operations on the site. With engineering equipment, the personnel are digging to open Tapovan tunnel, which is completely blocked due to debris. Nearly, 17 labourers are feared stuck in the tunnel. 

Indian Navy

Meanwhile, seven Indian Navy diving teams are on standby for the relief operation.

Incident 

At around 10:45 am on Sunday, flash flood occurred in river Rishi Ganga after glacier fell in the river, which exponentially increased the volume of water. 

With this, the ongoing Rishi Ganga hydro project near Raini village and the BRO bridge on Joshimath Malaria highway were also completely washed away. 
 
Six graziers and their livestock were also taken away by the flash flood. 

Rishi Ganga meets Dhauli Ganga near Raini and it also get flooded. Over five houses were devastated with this havoc flood. 

An NTPC project on river Dhauli Ganga near Tapovan and two Jhulla bridges connecting villages on the other side of river were also completed impacted.

As per the site incharge of Tapovan NTPC, over 100 labourers at the barrage and over 50 in tunnel lost their life.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat over the Chamoli flood situation and assured of all help.

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