Uttarakhand: 10 die in glacier break in Chamoli, 400 rescued -Krishn Kaushik and Lalmani Verma
-The Indian Express
The Uttarakhand Police said eight people were unaccounted for, with bad weather affecting rescue operations.
Dehradun, New Delhi: The glacier burst near Niti Valley in Chamoli district on Friday evening resulted in an avalanche that killed 10 people, with the Army managing to rescue close to 400. The Uttarakhand Police said eight people were unaccounted for, with bad weather affecting rescue operations.
In a statement issued Saturday, the Army said that at around 4 pm on Friday “an avalanche hit a location about 4 km ahead of Sumna on the Sumna-Rimkhim road”, an area with little habitation or communication facilities around 90 km from Joshimath, that has been seeing heavy rain and snowfall for the past five days. A BRO detachment, two labour camps for road construction and an Army camp are located nearby, the Army said.
Given the blizzard, rescue could begin only late Friday evening, with 55 people brought out in the first batch, the Army said. The operations continued through the night, and in the late hours, 150 personnel of the GREF (General Reserve Engineer Force) stuck in the BRO camp were brought to safety. Eventually four more rounds of rescue were mounted, bringing out 37, 22, nine and 19 people, before operations had to be halted due to the weather.
The Army again launched rescue early on Saturday, at first light, with 93 people brought out by noon.
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The Indian Express, 25 April, 2021, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/10-die-in-glacier-break-in-chamoli-400-rescued-7287843/