Sunday morning at around 10:45am a glacier broke off in Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. It produced a rise in water level and massive flash floods in the Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers . The Rishiganga power project was affected. Around 150 people are feared dead. Many people are missing. Footage shared by locals showed the water washing away parts of the Rishiganga dam and everything else in its path. PM Narendra Modi assured all possible help. State government will give financial assistance. Rescue and evacuation operations are presently underway and the surrounding districts, including Pauri, Tehri, Rudraprayag, Haridwar and Dehradun, were put on high alert.
Teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), around 600 Indian Army personnel, and a team of 250 ITPB personnel are carrying out rescue operations in the flood-affected areas, officials said. A 30-bed hospital was readied at Joshimath and hospitals in Srinagar, Rishikesh, Jollygrant and Dehradun are on standby.The rise in water level has been contained, as per the information given by the Central Water Commission (CWC). It was not immediately clear what had set off the avalanche at a time when it is not the flood season.