The Army was pressed into action to carry out rescue operations in flood-affected areas after a glacier broke off in Joshimath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The government has requested the Army to support central and state government district management and emergency teams in their rescue operations. In addition, the assets of the Indian Air Force, both fixed wing and rotary, are on standby to provide the affected individuals with all necessary assistance.
An avalanche and major flooding along the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers were caused by the glacier breach, forcing the emergency evacuation of thousands from surrounding areas, and damaging houses and the nearby Rishiganga power plant. According to NDRF Chief Pradhan, the upper reaches of the Rishiganga project have also been impaired. To know more, watch the full video!