Rescue operations are being conducted on a large scale in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district following the devastation caused by the breaking of the glacier on Sunday. About 200 people are still reported missing, while 18 bodies have been recovered. Due to this devastation, both the Rishi Ganga Power Project and NTPC Project running there have been badly damaged and both have been damaged. At the same time, the army has landed its powerful helicopters to find the missing people. Mi-17 and the second fleet of Chinook helicopters were flown from Dehradun to Joshimath on Monday afternoon. These helicopters will help in the ongoing rescue operation and will try to save people alive. The Indian Air Force said that Indian Air Force commanders are currently coordinating with the state administration for the ongoing operation.
200 lives at stake
The sudden floods in the Rishiganga and Dhauliganga rivers on Sunday due to the glacier rupture in the Rani Ganga region of Rishiganga Valley have caused major devastation in the mountainous region. Many people have gone missing, trying to find them. The administration and agencies are finding bodies one after the other. 200 lives are at stake and with every minute passing, their chances of survival are also getting reduced. However, in spite of all this, the army, ITBP and the state administration are constantly engaged in search operations to get people out quickly. Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said that so far we have recovered 18 bodies and the number of missing people is 202. We have removed debris up to 80 meters in the tunnel, our machines are ahead and we hope to have some success by evening.
The second wave of Mi-17 & Chinook helicopters has been launched from Dehradun for Joshimath with rescue & relief teams on board. IAF Task Force Commander is coordinating with state authorities for ongoing HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) efforts: Indian Air Force pic.twitter.com/LWSg40MsA7
– ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2021
Several bridges were washed away in the glacier accident, villages were cut
The pucca CC bridge constructed by the Border Roads Organization (BRO), connecting the Malaris etc. areas of the Indo-China border, has also been flooded in this sage Ganga. Due to which the army engaged in security in the Malari policy border and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has been cut off from the mainstream. In addition to the army, movement of six villages in the valley has also come to a standstill due to the breakdown of this vehicle bridge. On receiving the news of the bridge flowing, the BRO team led by Major Parasuram inspected the spot. He said that this bridge was built only a few years ago and was about 17 meters long. Told that the bridge has been washed away despite being at a very high height from the river. He said that a valley bridge will soon be built here to smooth the movement of army and villagers.
Know how army Chinook and Mi-17 helicopters are
To save the lives of people in Uttarakhand, Chinook and Mi-17 helicopters launched by the army in a rescue operation are considered very powerful. Chinook is a multi-purpose helicopter, which is used to carry seals, weapons, machines and other types of defense material to inaccessible and high altitude locations. They can fly up to an altitude of 20 thousand feet and carry a weight of up to 10 tons. Chinook is manufactured by Boeing Company. Although they have been in circulation since 1962. But Boeing has improved them from time to time, so even today the armies of about 25 countries use them. These helicopters are also being used during the ongoing dispute with China in eastern Ladakh. At the same time, it is also an advanced helicopter when it comes to MI-17 helicopter. It is mostly used for twin turbine transport helicopters as well as to provide support to soldiers in battle.