The death toll from a massive glacier collapse in India has risen to 14. 180 workers of the hydropower plant built around the dam are missing. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said on Monday that work was underway to rescue them. The incident took place at Joshimath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on Sunday.
According to Indian media NDTV, there were 146 workers at the NTPC power plant. There were 22 workers in Rishiganga power plant. They are all missing. Twelve people were trapped in a tunnel under construction. The ITBP team rescued them. About 30 people are trapped in another tunnel. The tunnel is 2.5 km long. Rescuers have been working all night.
The National Disaster Management Committee said there was no risk of further damage in neighboring areas. The National Disaster Management Committee and the National Water Commission say there is no danger of flooding at the bottom of the river at this time.
Medical team has reached the accident site. A 30-bed hospital has been set up in Jasimat area. Besides, several hospitals have been set up in Srinagar, Rishikesh, Jaligrant and Dehradun.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat visited the spot yesterday and said about 160 people were working on the NTPC and Rishiganga power projects. Rescue teams are working to identify and rescue them. Rescue operations are being carried out vigorously. Rescue work is going on in coordination with the central government.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tribendra Singh Rawat has announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the affected families. An additional Rs 2 lakh will be provided to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. Seriously injured people will be given 50 thousand rupees.
The National Disaster Management Team, Army and Navy are working at the accident site. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that India is on the side of Uttarakhand. Praying for everyone’s safety.