Where was the ganga?

Several dead, up to 200 missing

Local police reported that the water of the Dhauliganga River, which had overflowed, carried away bridges and roads on its way through the river valley. Numerous villages in the affected region have been evacuated. Up to 150 dead were expected at noon. "The actual number has not yet been confirmed," said Om Prakash, a government official for Uttarakhand state. Up to 200 missing persons were reported in the late afternoon.

According to the rescue workers, at least 20 people were trapped in the tunnel of a power plant in Tapovan. To get to the tunnel filled with mud and stones, the rescue workers had to climb down a slope on ropes.

People should avoid being near the shore

According to the border police, the majority of the missing are said to be workers from the Rishiganga and Dhauliganga power plants. 50 workers were reportedly at the time of the accident in the Rishiganga power plant. "We have no information about her," said the police chief. Hundreds of soldiers with military helicopters were sent to the region.

In the meantime, however, some workers have been saved. Other dams were evacuated. The levels in the Rishiganga and Alakananda rivers are rising, said Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah. According to the authorities, two reservoirs were emptied to prevent the floods over the Ganges from reaching the cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar. There people were forbidden to go near the banks of the holy river.

Reports of rubble and water avalanches

Numerous recordings in the online networks showed how the masses of water moved through the narrow valley below the power plant, sweeping roads and bridges with it. Most of the evacuated villages are on the slopes above the Dhauliganga River, which is a tributary of the Ganges.

The glacier rushed into a dam and triggered an avalanche of rubble and water that fell downstream, an eyewitness reported. Locals feared workers on a nearby hydropower project would be swept away, as would villagers looking for firewood or grazing their cattle near the river.

Glacier break in northern India

At least 150 people are missing in northern India after a flash flood. A huge glacier had previously broken off a mountain.

Premier Modes: "Stand Together"

Indian and local civil protection teams as well as members of the border police and the army are on their way to the affected area. "India stands by Uttarakhand and the nation prays for the safety of all," Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter.

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.

- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 7, 2021

In 2013, 1,000 people died in landslides and floods in the state. Thousands of houses, but also streets and power lines were destroyed at that time.