In the Malari valley of Chamoli district, snowfall has been reported near the China border. Road construction work is going on in the Chamoli area. At present, nothing has been known about the damage. A team of Border Roads Organization (BRO) from Joshimath has left for the spot. Due to the incessant rain and snowfall, the team may take time to reach here. There is no population in this area and only the movement of the army remains. Right there Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat became active as soon as the information about the glacier broke in Niti Valley (Chamoli). On the instructions of the Chief Minister, an alert was issued regarding this matter. According to the Chief Minister, he himself is in constant touch with the Chamoli district administration and the Border Roads Organization. Chief Minister Tirath gave this information by tweeting himself on Friday night. He said that the Chamoli district administration has been instructed to provide complete information about the occurrence of iceberg breakdown. NTPC and other projects have been ordered to stop night work so that no untoward incident occurs.
The Central Government has also become cautious after receiving information about the Chamoli glacier breaking in Niti Valley. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured the state government to provide all help.
According to Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat, he informed Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the incident late on Friday night. According to the Chief Minister’s Office, the Home Minister took immediate notice of the incident and directed the ITBP to be vigilant. The Chief Minister thanked the Home Minister for his readiness and sensitivity.
The incident is about 90 km from Joshimath in a place called Sumna. The last outpost at the border is reached through Barahoti. Being a remote area, it does not even have a communication network. Chamoli District Disaster Management Officer Nandkishore Joshi said that the team under the leadership of BRO commander Manish Kapil has gone for the spot. He informed that road construction work is going on in that area. There is a possibility that some workers may get trapped there. He said that the area has been experiencing intermittent snow for a week, while the snow has been falling continuously for two days. It is natural to take time in this situation.
The water level of Rishiganga and Dhauliganga has been rising due to the ongoing rains and snowfall for the last two days. This has affected the people of six villages along with Tapovan and Raini. The debris removal work has been stopped in Tapovan during the rains. Significantly, on February 7, 205 people went missing in the surge in Rishiganga. Of these, 79 bodies have been found so far. Police have issued an alert to all the people living on the Rishikesh Ganga coast after the incident of glacier rupture in the border area of Chamoli district. The police and disaster management team became active in the Rishikesh region in compliance with the directive issued by the Chief Minister on the information of glacier breakage in the border area of Chamoli. Inspector in charge of Kotwali Ritesh Shah said that all the destitute persons living on the banks of the Ganges have been asked to go to a safe place.
In this case, Triveni Ghat Outpost Incharge Uttam Ramola, Kumbh Outpost Incharge Naveen Negi along with Water Police Jawan Harish Gusain, etc. have lately asked all the persons sleeping in the open in Triveni Ghat and surrounding area to go to a safe place. Inspector Mukesh Chauhan of Kumbh police station Rishikesh said that Kumbh police has also been asked to be vigilant in this matter.