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Uttarakhand disaster,Glacier bursts in Chamoli district, over 150 missing

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A glacier broke off in Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district today, causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river and endangering the lives of people living along its banks. Stay here for all live updates.

Four Army columns, two Medical teams, and one Engineering Task Force have been deployed at Reni village in Tapovan area of Chamoli, Uttarakhand. Army helicopters are on aerial recce: Indian Army14:49 (IST) Feb 07

Rescue teams managed to establish contact with 16 persons stuck inside a tunnel in Tapovan area. Rescue operation begins.

Casualties are feared to be between 100 to 150. Teams of ITBP, SDRF and NDRF have already reached the spot. Red alert has been issued: Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash on Chamoli incident14:23 (IST) Feb 07

I pray to God that everyone stays fine and nobody is hurt: Union railway minister Piyush Goyal

Four NDRF teams are being airlifted to Dehradun; to reach Joshimath, says MHA spokesperson on Uttarakhand floods14:18 (IST) Feb 07

Six columns (around 600 personnel) of the Indian Army moving towards the flood-affected areas: Army officials

Indian Army has deployed choppers and troops for supporting Uttarakhand govt and NDRF to tackle the flood. Military station near Rishikesh actively involved in coordination of rescue & relief operations with local administration. Army headquarters monitoring the situation: Army14:09 (IST) Feb 07

ITBP personnel assess the damages in Tapovan and area of Reni where flash flood occurred earlier today.

It is a kind of tragedy which is very shocking. It’s a natural disaster. Home minister has assured that every help the Uttarakhand government would need will be extended. There shall not be any hesitation on that.

People are being evacuated from the areas near Alkananda. As a precautionary measure, flow of Bhagirathi River has been stopped.

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