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Glacial burst wrecks havoc on its downhill path

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

Heavy rains trigger landslides in Indian state of Uttarakhand

Sumesh RajanMumbai: August 30, 2018




Heavy rains since the past few days have triggered landslides in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Two brothers – Sabar Lal (50) and Gabar Lal (52) were killed and their relative Surendra Lal (45) was injured when their house collapsed after being struck by a landslide in Chamoli district, on August 29. The incident took place at Farkhet village in the mountainous pass close to Nandakini River – a tributary of River Ganga -- late in the night, informed Chamoli District Disaster Management Officer Nand Kishore Joshi.

The heavy rains had apparently loosened the soil of the slopes on which the houses have been built on stilts. Earlier in the day, a video shot by a resident of Farkhet village of another landslide in the village shows four shops located along the Ghat (mountainous pass) road tumbling down the mountain face into the Nandakini river. First, a men’s parlour gives away followed by a couple of shops selling vegetables and general provisions.

On the same day, in another landslide in Tehri district of the state, eight people were buried in debris, of whom six were killed, one sustained injuries while one is missing. Three families were residing at the site of the disaster. This incident took place at around 6 am in Budha Kedar village located on the banks of Bal Ganga River.

Unlike the coastal state of Kerala, which witnessed massive floods in the first week of this month due to heavy rainfall, Uttarakhand located in the Himalaya mountain range is not prone to flooding. However, both the states are seeing landslides caused due to heavy rains.

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