India is slowly recovering from the battering it was dealt with by the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic. The vaccination drive is in full effect across the nation and India has become the first country to cross over 50 lakh vaccinations, that too despite beginning the vaccination very late after most of the other world countries like the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and a number of others. However, India cannot remain in peace as a shocking incident today has claimed a number of lives. A freak glacier burst in India has triggered flash flooding and taken the lives of many. Reports state that a glacier broke off in the Joshimath region of the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and over 150 people are feared dead in this incident.

The most affected by this flash flooding are the workers in the Rishiganga and NTPC Power plant sites and the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced that rescue teams are working to locate and save all these workers. As of now, we hear that 10 people have been confirmed to be dead while over 130 are missing. The glacier burst triggered flash flooding in the Dhauliganga and the Alaknanda rivers and this resulted in the washing away of a number of villages and a small hydro power plant, near Rishiganga. Rescue teams managed to evacuate a number of villages, limiting the damage. Disaster Response Teams have been dispatched to the site and nearby areas to take stock of the situation and help with rescue.

Reports state that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been in touch with the Uttarakhand State administration and is monitoring the situation. The Army is said to have deployed six columns with three helicopters conducting aerial surveys and seven Navy diving teams being on standby, ready to be deployed. The Uttarakhand CM has announced a compensation of Rs. 4 lakhs for the family of those who have lost their lives in this incident. Around 16 people who had been trapped in a tunnel at the Tapovan Dam, were rescued by an ITBP team. Experts state that there is no danger of downstream flooding along the rivers, at this point. The rise in water levels has been contained and there is no threat to nearby villages. Top political leaders have expressed their solidarity with the people of Uttarakhand and we sincerely hope that they find the courage to help them tide over this difficult time.