Part of Nanda Devi glacier breaks off damaging dam; Uttarakhand on alert

Officials said that rescue teams have been rushed to the affected area and there are no reports of casualties yet.  

A portion of Nanda Devi glacier in Tapovan area of Joshimath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand broke off on Sunday morning and damaged a dam on the Alaknanda river.

According to an official in Chamoli district, the Rishiganga dam, part of a power generation project, got damaged in the incident. Officials said that rescue teams have been rushed to the affected area and there are no reports of casualties yet.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has spoken to officials of the state disaster management and Chamoli administration. All districts are on high alert and people have been warned not to venture near the Ganga river.

According to a SDRF official, a head constable from Joshimath informed the control room this morning that a glacier in Raini village has broken off.  He said there was an avalanche at Nanda Devi two days back.

Nanda Devi glacier breaks off. All districts of Uttarakhand on alert. Track this space for live updates

Two teams of ITBP reach the spot, three NDRF teams have been rushed from Dehradun and 3 additional teams will reach there with help of IAF chopper till evening. SDRF and local administration already at spot: MoS Home Nityanand Rai to ANI. 

If you are stranded in affected areas and you need any help. Please contact Disaster Operations Center number 1070 or 9557444486: Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat

People are being evacuated from the areas near Alkananda. As a precautionary measure, flow of Bhagirathi River has been stopped. To prevent the flow of water of Alaknanda, Srinagar Dam & Rishikesh Dam have been emptied. SDRF is on alert. I am leaving for the spot: Uttarakhand CM

Rishiganga Power Project has been damaged due breach of a glacier in Tapovan area. People living on the bank of Alaknanda river are advised to move to safe places at the earliest: Chamoli Police, Uttarakhand

Chamoli district magistrate has instructed officials to evacuate people living in villages on the bank of Dhauliganga river. The district magistrate and the superintendent of police have left for the spot.

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