Uttarakhand Glacier Break: Initial Survey Indicates Tapovan Dam Being Completely Washed Off

On Sunday morning a natural disaster hit Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district and neighbouring area. A glacier lake broke and flooded the area with water and rock sediments. The calamity has led to the destruction of property and lives as well.

Post the flash flooding, the rescue operation has been going on in full swing. The Uttarakhand Chief Minister has provided the rescue teams with all the necessary equipment required for the rescue operations. As of now, seven casualties have been reported, whereas many people remain missing.

The Indian Air Force did an early survey of the place to check on the damage caused by the glacier break and flash floods to Uttarakhand’s Tapovan Vishnugad hydropower plant. The survey reports that the dam has been ‘completely washed off’.

The pictures taken by the Indian Air Force from the reconnaissance flights show the dam which is at the meeting point of Dhauliganga and Rishiganga rivers which are approximately 280 km away from the state capital Dehradun destroyed.

Apart from that, the two bridges at the entrance of Malari valley and near Tapovan have also been washed away completely.

However, the main road between the Joshimath and Tapovan remains intact. The impact of the sudden glacier break is as such that the construction work hutments in the valley have been severely damaged.

Sources of the Indian Air Force said, "Rubble [was] seen from the entrance of Nanda Devi glacier till as down as Pipalkoti and Chamoli along Dhauliganga and Alaknanda.”

For the unknown, the 520 MW Tapovan hydro-electric project owned by the state-run NTPC Limited was constructed at a cost of nearly Rs 3000 crore.

Among the 170 people reported missing in the carnage, several people work at the facility. The flash flood has triggered a lot of panic in the Raini village above the Rishiganga river.

The rescue workers have asked many locals to vacate their homes to avoid loss of lives if any sudden natural calamity happens again.

by siddhi ajgoankar | Mon, Feb 08 - 10:03 AM

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