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Glacial burst wrecks havoc on its downhill path Sumesh Rajan Mumbai: 7 February 2021  A glacial burst in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India on February 7 has caused massive havoc on its downhill path along the Dhauliganga and Rishiganga rivers.  The disaster occured after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of Joshimath in Uttarakhand.  The Tapovan power plant being constructed over the Dhauligana river and the Rishiganga power project across the Rishiganga river -- a tributary of Dhauliganga -- have been damaged completely with sludge overwhelming the projects, say local officials.  Over 150 people are said to have lost their lives in this disaster and scores are missing. Ten bodies have been recovered so far from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) power project site at Tapovan, said the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials. The missing persons are believed to be labourers working at the dam sites and villagers along the river. T

26 killed as truck carrying the group falls into a dry river bed

Marriage party meets deadly end in India


Story by Sumesh RajanMumbai: March 6, 2018



In a tragic accident, 26 members of a marriage party were killed while more than 55 others were injured when the truck they were travelling in fell off a bridge into a 25 feet deep dry river bed in the Indian state of Gujarat in the early hours of March 6.

The incident took place at around 7.30 am (Indian Standard Time) when the group of more than 80 were travelling from Anida village in Palitana taluka of Bhavnagar district to Tatam village in Gadhda taluka of neighbouring Botad district, to solemnise the wedding.

“The truck driver tried to overtake a pick-up van on the bridge over Randholi River on the Rajkot-Bhavnagar Highway near Ranghola village, and lost control of the vehicle which swerved and fell into the dry river bed 25 feet below,” said Bhavnagar District Deputy Superintendent of Police A M Sayyad.

He added, “In this accident 10 women and children and 16 men were killed. The injured have been taken to hospitals in nearby Botad and Bhavnagar city for treatment.”

“Further investigations are on. Nevertheless, prima facie, it is the negligence of the truck driver that led to the tragic incident,” claimed Dy. SP Sayyad. 



 

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