Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, who visited Chamoli in wake of the deluge following a glacier burst on Sunday, said that over 125 people are missing and the number is likely to rise further.
He said that the army, ITBP and National and State Disaster Relief Force personnel are undertaking relief and rescue operations in the affected areas. He also announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the families of all the deceased.
Addressing the media, Rawat said: “30 people are missing from the Rishi Ganga project only and the company is not able to give an exact number as their documents are also missing.”
On the government response to the tragedy, he said: “We have all the expertise… Our main priority to rescue more people and save lives.”
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured all possible help, he had called twice. I also got calls from Home Minister Amit Shah and President Ram Nath Kovind,” Rawat said
The Uttrakhand CM said that the incident occurred between 9.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the cause of the glacier burst will only be know after the experts analyze what had happened.
He said that a high alert had been sounded on the banks of the Ganga.
The incident occurred after the water level in Dhauliganga river, one of the six sources of the Ganga river, suddenly surged on Sunday morning following an avalanche near the Rishi Ganga power project. The 85 km river meets the Alaknanda river at Vishnuprayag at the base of Joshimath mountain in Uttarakhand.
The ITBP said that the flash flood occurred in Rishi Ganga at around 10.45 a.m. due to a glacier falling into it and exponentially increasing the volume of water.
Due to this, the Rishi Ganga hydro project was completely devastated, it said.