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Uttarakhand flash flood: DRDO-SASE scientists leave for surveillance, reconnaissance after glacier burst

"A team of scientists of DRDO-SASE, flown in last night to Dehradun, is leaving for Joshimath area for surveillance and reconnaissance," a Home Ministry spokesperson said on Monday.

Uttarakhand flash flood: DRDO-SASE scientists leave for surveillance, reconnaissance after glacier burst-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Feb 8, 2021, 12:44 PM IST
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A team of scientists, flown to Dehradun after the glacier burst in Uttarakhand, left for Joshimath area on Monday for surveillance and reconnaissance. The scientists, belonging to the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), were flown to the Uttarakhand capital on Sunday night.

"A team of scientists of DRDO-SASE, flown in last night to Dehradun, is leaving for Joshimath area for surveillance and reconnaissance," a Home Ministry spokesperson said on Monday.

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said, “Around 203 people are missing including 11 dead bodies recovered as of now. We weren't aware of a subsidiary company's project Tapovan till yesterday. We're estimating that 35 people are stuck in another tunnel. Rescue operation underway.”

A major tragedy was reported in Uttarakhand's Chamoli on Sunday after a glacier broke in Dhauli Ganga valley in the Joshimath area, triggering an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system that washed away hydroelectric stations and five bridges.

The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) today removed the debris and slush at the tunnel near Tapovan dam here in Chamoli district, following the glacier burst which led to heavy flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers. ITBP, Indian Army, and NDRF forces are also engaged in the retrieval in the affected areas.

CM Rawat, who visited Chamoli district on Sunday, has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of those who lost their lives in the disaster. An extra Rs 2 lakh will be given from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, with Rs 50,000 for those with serious injuries.

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