Uttarakhand Glacier Burst Incident Leaves 70 Dead, Search Operation Underway

Even days after the Uttarakhand Glacier burst incident, the number of deceased is increasing. On the 7th of February, an Uttarakhand glacier broke in Joshimath area of Chamoli district.

The incident which occurred on the afternoon of the 7th of February, killed as many as 14 people with 170 missing.

On the 23rd of February, the Uttarakhand Government claimed 70 lives due to the incident. During the ongoing search operation, the National Defense Rescue Force (NDRF) recovered two more dead bodies today. With the addition, so far, a total of 70 people died in the Uttarakhand Glacier burst incident.

Speaking about the reason behind such a disastrous incident, experts claimed it was due to the negligence of the Government.

Pradeep Srivastava, a senior scientist at Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology said, “We fail as scientists when the Government overlooks our suggestions and assessments.”

The Tapovan Hydro-Electric Power Dam also known as Rishi Ganga Project, completely washed off following a glacier burst in the Chamoli district. Five bridges washed away and many people are still trapped.

The State Government said, “According to the information received from the disaster control room yesterday, one dead body was recovered from Srinagar Chauras and one from Kirti Nagar. Of the 206 missing, 70 bodies and 29 human organs have been recovered so far.”

Meanwhile, the rescue and search operation for the 134 missing people is still underway.

Indo Tibetan Border Police personnel along with NDRF, the State Defense Rescue Operation (SDRF) and other agencies are conducting search and rescue operations in the Chamoli district.

The rescue operation entered its 15th day on the 23rd of February.

Stay tuned for further updates.


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