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CM Rupani requests Uttarakhand CM to ensure safety of pilgrims from Gujarat

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Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has spoken to his Uttarakhand counterpart Trivendra Singh Rawat requesting the latter to immediately rescue and provide assistance to pilgrims from Gujarat who are stuck in the Himalayan state.

Notably, the request from Rupani came after a glacial burst near Joshimath on Sunday triggered an avalanche and flooding along the Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district.

CM Rupani has also instructed chief secretary Anil Mukim to take necessary steps in this regard for the tourists and pilgrims from the state stuck in Uttarakhand due to the natural disaster.

The Gujarat Chief Minister’s Office tweeted, “CM Shri @vijayrupanibjp spoke to Uttarakhand CM Shri @tsrawatbjp and requested him for immediate rescue and assistance for the pilgrims from Gujarat trapped in the flood situation and also directed Gujarat Chief Secretary to take necessary action in this regard.”

10 bodies recovered, 150 missing

Over 150 labourers working at the Rishiganga power project in Tapovan-Reni are missing and 10 bodies have been recovered so far, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said.

The flash flood washed away the Rishiganga hydro project (13.2 MW) and also partially affected the downstream project of NTPC at Tapovan. Homes along the way were also swept away as the waters rushed down the mountainsides even as many villages were evacuated and people taken to safer areas.

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Teams from ITBP, which has a base at Joshimath, along with units of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and NDRF have been deployed at the spot. IAF and Army teams have also joined the rescue operations. During the day, ITBP personnel rescued all 16 people trapped in an under-construction tunnel near Tapovan dam in Chamoli district.

PM Modi announces compensation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragic avalanche caused by a Glacier breach in Chamoli, Uttrakhand, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said. The PMO also announced that Rs 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured.

Earlier during the day, PM Modi had tweeted: “Am constantly monitoring the unfortunate situation in Uttarakhand. India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety there. Have been continuously speaking to senior authorities and getting updates on NDRF deployment, rescue work and relief operations.”

 

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