U'khand floods LIVE: Scientists to be airlifted to affected areas, says IAF

Updated on Feb 07, 2021 11:52 PM IST

The water level in Dhauliganga river rose suddenly following an avalanche near a power project at Raini village in Tapovan area.

ITBP officials survey Tapovan and Reni, these areas were affected by the flash flood.
ITBP officials survey Tapovan and Reni, these areas were affected by the flash flood.(ANI)
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Wreaking widespread destruction in Indian Himalayan state, a glacial broke in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand on Sunday leading to massive flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda Rivers. In the spate of loss, hundreds of houses have been damaged and the nearby Rishi Ganga power project has also suffered damage after it came in the way of gushing water.

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat had said that seven bodies have been recovered and at least 125 people went missing in the floods. Also, the NTPC hydel project at the Dhauli Ganga river in Tapovan has been extensively damaged.

Indian army has deployed 400 personnel and two medical teams to aid in the rescue efforts. It has also set up a control room in Joshimath area and deployed an engineering task force in the Ringi village.

Leaders from India and many other countries have expressed their condolences to the people affected by the floods.

People requiring assistance can contact the following emergency numbers - 1070, 1905 and 9557444486.

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  • Feb 07, 2021 11:52 PM IST

    Uttar Pradesh on high alert after massive floods in Uttarakhand

    The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday put on high alert the authorities in all districts on the banks of the Ganga and asked them to continuously monitor the water levels in the river after a glacier broke off at Joshimath in neighbouring Uttarakhand's Chamoli, triggering a massive flood there.

  • Feb 07, 2021 11:45 PM IST

    Scientists to be airlifted to affected areas, says IAF

    A team of scientists from Delhi have reached Dehradun and they will take aerial reconnaissance in areas affected by the glacier burst in Chamoli district of Uttarkhand, Indian Air Force Public Relation Officer Wing Commander Indranil Nandi on Sunday.

    "All the specialised personnel who were airlifted from Delhi have reached Dehradun. The airlifting of these personnel from Dehradun onwards to the affected areas will start at 6:45 am tomorrow," Nandi said while briefing media about the ongoing rescue operation led by the IAF in the state.

  • Feb 07, 2021 11:16 PM IST

    Pakistan wishes for early rescue of people missing in Uttarakhand floods

    Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesperson expressed the country's wishes for the safety and early rescue of the people who are missing after the Uttarakhand floods.

  • Feb 07, 2021 11:06 PM IST

    IAF says scientists with specialised equipment to visit flood affected areas for aerial reconaissance

    Indian Air Force PRO Wing Commander Indranil Nandi said that scientists with specialised equipment would visit flood affected areas for aerial reconnaissance, reports ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 10:43 PM IST

    Uttarakhand CM says PM Modi called four times to receive updates

    Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat tweeted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called him four times today to inquire about the flood situation in the state.

  • Feb 07, 2021 10:25 PM IST

    'Expect clear picture on missing people's identities by Monday morning': Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar

    Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said that a clear picture on the identities of the missing people working in the two tunnels could be expected by Monday morning, report PIB.

  • Feb 07, 2021 10:23 PM IST

    Uttarakhand DGP says rescue work at NTPC Tapovan tunnel halted due to rise in water level

    Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said that the rescue work at the NTPC's 900-metre-long Tapovan tunnel had to be halted because of rising water level, reports PIB.

  • Feb 07, 2021 09:59 PM IST

    US State Department expresses condolences, wishes for speedy recovery of injured

    US State Department has expressed its deepest condolences and wished for the speedy recovery of those injured in the Uttarakhand floods.

    Click here to read more

  • Feb 07, 2021 09:55 PM IST

    Border Roads Organization reopens Rishikesh-Joshimath-Mana road after floods

    The Rishikesh-Joshimath-Mana road which was blocked at Hathipahad due to flash flood in Dhauli Ganga was reopened for traffic by Border Roads Organisation by late afternoon today, reports ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 09:01 PM IST

    Around 30 people trapped in tunnel number one, night operations to continue, says ITBP

    ITBP says efforts to rescue around 30 people trapped in another tunnel, the tunnel number one, is underway and also confirmed that the night operations would continue.

  • Feb 07, 2021 08:59 PM IST

    EU's ambassador to India expresses solidarity after Uttarakhand floods

    European Union's ambassador to India Ugo Astuto has expressed solidarity after the Uttarakhand floods.

  • Feb 07, 2021 08:42 PM IST

    Shashi Tharoor expresses condolences, urges government to take preventive measures before next disaster

    Congress leader Shashi Tharoor expressed his condolences to the people affected by the Uttrakhand floods and urged the government to take preventive measures before the next disaster.

    Tharoor tweeted "Saddened at the tragic news of flooding&destruction in #Uttarakhand, another reminder of the dangers of #climatechange in the fragile Himalayan ecology. Condolences &prayers for all affected. Aside from urgent relief, Govt must take preventive measures before the next disaster."

  • Feb 07, 2021 08:32 PM IST

    Watch | IAF's C130J Super Hercules lands at Jolly Grant with rescue teams

    A IAF C130J Super Hercules transport aircraft carrying rescue teams and other heavy equipment on board, landed at the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, reported by ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 08:27 PM IST

    French President Emmanuel Macron expresses full solidarity with India after Uttarakhand flood

    French president Emmanuel Macron has expressed the country's full solidarity with India after the Uttarakhand floods. He tweeted his message in reply to PM Modi, saying "Our thoughts are with them and their families."

  • Feb 07, 2021 08:03 PM IST

    Three IAF Mi-17 helicopters to airlift NDRF teams from JollyGrant to Joshimath

    Defence minister's office tweeted that three IAF Mi-17 helicopters have been positioned at JollyGrant to airlift NDRF teams to Joshimath.

  • Feb 07, 2021 08:00 PM IST

    Army establishes control room in Joshimath, teams deployed to assist rescue operations

    Defence minister's office has said that an army control room has been established in Joshimath and various teams have been deployed to assist the agencies that are undertaking rescue works in Uttarakhand.

  • Feb 07, 2021 07:47 PM IST

    Indian army deploys four columns, two medical teams for rescue efforts

    Indian army deploys four columns, two medical teams for rescue efforts in Uttarakhand, reports PTI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 07:35 PM IST

    'Sincere condolences to the families of the deceased': Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

    Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot expressed his condolences to the families of those people who lost their lives in the Uttarakhand flood.

  • Feb 07, 2021 07:16 PM IST

    5 shepherds with 180 sheep, goats swept away in floods, 125 or more people missing: CM Rawat

    Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that 5 shepherds and 180 sheep and goats have been swept away by the flash floods and 125 or more people are also missing, reports ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 06:57 PM IST

    PM Modi announces ex-gratia: 2 lakh to dead, 50,000 to seriously injured

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 2 lakh ex-gratia to the family of people who have lost their lives in the flood and 50,000 to those who have been seriously injured, the PMO tweeted.

  • Feb 07, 2021 06:40 PM IST

    Chief minister Rawat announces 4 lakh cash to family of those dead in floods

    Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announces 4 lakh cash as financial assistance to family of those dead in floods.

  • Feb 07, 2021 06:20 PM IST

    LIVE | Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat press meet about latest updates

    Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat addresses the media about the latest situation in the state after his visit to the flood affected sites.

  • Feb 07, 2021 06:15 PM IST

    ITBP personnel rescue 16 people trapped in Tapovan tunnel

    Rescue operations at Tapovan tunnel (ITBP)
    Rescue operations at Tapovan tunnel (ITBP)

    ITBP has shared pictures of the rescue operations at Tapovan tunnel where 16 people trapped have been rescued.

  • Feb 07, 2021 06:02 PM IST

    Watch | ITBP personnel rescue person trapped in Tapovan tunnel

    Video of a person trapped inside the Tapovan tunnel being rescued by ITBP personnel, reported by ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 05:55 PM IST

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi expresses concern, asks party workers to help in relief efforts

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi said she was concerned about the 'disturbing news' of glacier break and the flooding in Uttarakhand. She had also requested Congress workers and volunteers in the region to assist in the relief efforts, reports ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 04:57 PM IST

    ITBP rescues all 16 people trapped in Tapovan tunnel

    ITBP rescues all 16 people trapped in Tapovan tunnel, reports ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 04:38 PM IST

    IMD says dry weather likely over Uttarakhand on February 7,8

    India Meteorological Department had said that dry weather is likely to prevail over Uttarakhand on February 7 and 8.

  • Feb 07, 2021 04:12 PM IST

    NTPC confirms damage to under construction hydropower project in Tapovan

    NTPC limited confirmed damages to a part of under construction hydropower project in Tapovan region.

  • Feb 07, 2021 03:53 PM IST

    President Kovind 'confident' of relief works undertaken after Uttarakhand floods

    President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed confidence that the relief works undertaken at the Uttarakhand flood sites are progressing well.

  • Feb 07, 2021 03:30 PM IST

    Uttarakhand DGP says 16 people trapped in Tapovan dam being shifted to safer places

    Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar says 16 people, who were trapped in Tapovan Dam, are being shifted to safer places by the police, reports ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 03:19 PM IST

    Uttarakhand CM reaches Reni village to assess situation

    Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat reached Reni village in Tapovan area to assess the situation, reports ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 03:10 PM IST

    ITBP personnel digging open Tapovan tunnel blocked by debris

    ITBP says its personnel are digging open the Tapovan tunnel which has been blocked due to the debris caused by the flood. Many people are feared to be trapped inside the tunnel.

  • Feb 07, 2021 03:01 PM IST

    Three bodies recovered at NTPC in Tapovan: ITBP

    ITBP says three bodies have been recovered at NTPC site in Tapovan area of Chamoli.

  • Feb 07, 2021 02:50 PM IST

    About 50-100 people missing. 2 bodies have been recovered: Uttarakhand DGP

    Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar says that about 50-100 people are currently missing, two bodies have been recovered and some people injured in the floods have also been rescued, reports PTI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 02:38 PM IST

    Glacial burst in Uttarakhand

    A massive flood was reported in the Dhauliganga river near a village in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. Hundreds of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel have been rushed to carry out rescue operations at the site.

    Watch the full video for more.

  • Feb 07, 2021 02:36 PM IST

    Uttarakhand CM Trivender Singh Rawat assures of help for people stranded in affected area

    Uttarakhand CM Trivender Singh Rawat urges people not to spread rumors about the situation and also asked them to contact the helpline numbers for emergency.

    He also assured that all necessary steps have been taken to handle the situation.

  • Feb 07, 2021 02:27 PM IST

    Home ministry has assured all possible help: Uttarakhand CM Trivender Singh Rawat

    "I have spoken to Union Home Secretary and I will speak to Home minister soon. They have assured all possible help," said Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, reports ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 02:19 PM IST

    Indian army deploys choppers, troops for rescue and relief work, reports ANI

    Indian Army has deployed choppers and troops for supporting Uttarakhand govt and NDRF to tackle the flood. Military station near Rishikesh actively involved in coordination of rescue and relief operations with local administration. Army headquarters monitoring the situation, said Army, reports ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 02:11 PM IST

    Home minister has assured every help to Uttarakhand govt: Sitharaman on Chamoli tragedy

    It is a kind of tragedy which is very shocking. It's a natural disaster. Home Minister has assured that every help the Uttarakhand government would need will be extended. There shall not be any hesitation on that: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, reports ANI

  • Feb 07, 2021 02:05 PM IST

    3 choppers stationed at Dehradun, more to be deployed for rescue work, reports ANI

    Three choppers including two Mi-17 and one ALH Dhruv chopper of Air Force stationed in Dehradun and nearby areas for helping in rescue operations in flood-affected areas. More aircraft will be deployed as per the requirement on ground, ANI quoted IAF officials as saying.

  • Feb 07, 2021 02:03 PM IST

    Over 200 jawans deployed for rescue work, reports ANI

    Over 200 jawans are on the job and working in collaboration with local administration. One team is on the spot to assess the situation. Another team is deployed near Joshimath to raise awareness and evacuate people. The situation is under control, said Vivek Pandey, ITBP Spokesperson, reports ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 02:01 PM IST

    Meeting scheduled at Cabinet Secretariat for relief operations in Chamoli, reports ANI

    A meeting is scheduled at Cabinet Secretariat on relief operations in Uttarakhand's Chamoli. DGs and Home Ministry officials will join the meeting, reports ANI.

  • Feb 07, 2021 01:55 PM IST

    PM Modi speaks to Uttarakhand CM, takes stock of rescue work at Chamoli flood site

    PM Modi while in Assam, reviewed the situation in Uttarakhand. The Prime Minister spoke to chief minister and other top officials. PM Modi took stock of the rescue and relief work underway. Authorities are working to provide all possible support to the affected.

  • Feb 07, 2021 01:51 PM IST

    100-150 casualties feared dead in Uttarakhand flood, reports ANI

    100-150 casualties feared in the flash flood in Chamoli district, said Uttarakhand Chief Secretary OM Prakash to ANI.

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