NCMC reviews situation following glacial burst in Uttarakhand

New Delhi: The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Sunday met to review the situation arising out of the natural disaster in Uttarakhand caused by glacial burst.
Cabinet Secretary has directed the concerned agencies to work in close co-ordination and extend all requisite assistance to the State administration. He emphasized the need to account for all missing persons and ensure that those trapped in the tunnel are rescued at the earliest. He directed that surveillance should be maintained till rescue efforts are completed and the situation returns to normal.
Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand briefed the Committee through video conference on the ground situation as well as the actions taken by them after the incident to evacuate people and to contain the damage caused by the flooding due to the glacial burst.
The glacial burst led to the rise of water levels in the river Rishiganga, which washed away the Rishiganga hydro power project.
The flash flood also affected the downstream hydro project of NTPC at Tapovan on the river Dhauliganga, which is a tributary of the river Alaknanda.
However, there has been no danger of downstream flooding and the rise in water level has been contained, as per the information given by the Central Water Commission (CWC).
There was also no threat to the neighbouring villages. At the same time, the concerned agencies of the Centre and the State were asked to keep a strict vigil on the situation, and a team from DRDO, who monitor avalanches, is being flown in for surveillance and reconnaissance. The NTPC has been asked to reach the affected site immediately.
The NCMC was further informed that around 12 persons trapped in a tunnel have been rescued by the ITBP; while efforts have been on to rescue others trapped in another tunnel, which is being coordinated by the Army and ITBP. All out efforts are being made to ensure that all missing people are traced and accounted for.
Two teams of NDRF are on their way and three additional teams have been flown in from Hindon which will reach the spot later in the night.
More than 200 ITBP personnel have been pressed into rescue operation and one column and Engineering Task Force (ETF) of Army, with all rescue equipment have been deployed. Navy divers are being flown in and aircrafts/helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) are on standby.
The IMD informed during the meeting that there is no rainfall warning in the region for the next two days.
The meeting was attended by Home Secretary; Secretary, Ministry of Power; DG, ITBP; Chief IDS; Members of NDMA; DG, NDRF; Chairman, CWC; DG, IMD and Chairman, DRDO, along with other senior officers. Chief Secretary, Uttarakhand joined the meeting with his team of officers