150 missing, three bodies recovered in Uttarakhand flash floods

A glacial break in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand on Sunday led to massive flooding in Dhauli Ganga and Alaknanda Rivers, damaging houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project. Sources said there were 100 labourers on the barrage at Rishiganga of which at least 50 are feared dead. About 125 people are missing, according to the latest reports, even as seven bodies have been fished out.

The state government has announced financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of the deceased, Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said.

Sources said teams from ITBP, which has a base at Joshimath, about 26 km from Reni, along with units of the State Disaster Response Force have reached the spot. National Disaster Response Force teams stationed in Uttarakhand have also left for the spot, sources said.

“At around 10:45 hours flash flood occurred in river Rishiganga due to falling of glacier in the river which exponentially increased the volume of water. Due to this the Rishiganga hydro project near Raini village was completely devastated. The BRO bridge on Joshimath-Malaria highway was also completely washed away. There were six graziers with their livestock and they were also…

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