High alert in UP as glacier breaks off in neighbouring Uttarakhand

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh federal government on Sunday put on high alert the authorities in all districts on the banks of the Ganga and asked them to continually monitor the water levels in the river after a glacier broke off at Joshimath in neighbouring Uttarakhand’s Chamoli, activating a massive flood there.The glacier burst triggered an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system that washed away hydroelectric stations, leaving at least seven individuals dead and 125 missing who are feared dead.

In a catastrophe alert issued to district magistrates in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, the relief commissioner said, “Reports of breaking off a part of the Nanda Devi glacier in Uttarakhand have been received. The districts on the (banks of) Ganga river need to be on high alert and the tracking of water level needs to be done 24×7”.

“If needed, individuals must be taken to more secure locations. The NDRF, SDRF and PAC Flood Company have actually been advised to be on the highest alert,” the statement added.In a tweet in Hindi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stated, “To take on the natural catastrophe in Uttarakhand, the Uttar Pradesh federal government will extend all possible help.”In another tweet, he stated, “Feel unfortunate by the news that many individuals are feared dead in the catastrophe which occurred after breaking off of a glacier. I pray to Lord Ram to provide peace to the souls who have actually passed away, strength to the aggrieved member of the family to bear the loss and fast recovery to the hurt.”Later on in a declaration, the chief minister stated in case of an increase in the water levels, individuals living near to the banks of the Ganga ought to be shifted elsewhere. He attracted individuals not believe in any rumour.”People should exercise caution and not venture towards the river banks. In case of any unfavorable circumstances, comply with the district administration. The UP federal government is taking all necessary actions,” he said.Interacting with press reporters in Ayodhya, Adityanath said as the Ganga covers almost 1,000 kilometres in the state, they are working out full care. He stated the Jal Shakti Department looked out right after the event.”The Home Department is keeping a watch,” he said, adding that water in the Alaknanda river was fast receding.”Our supposition is that the water will require time to reach lower areas. After Haridwar, we will absorb this water at the barrages in Narora and Bijnor, and there will be no issue in the downstream areas,” he stated.”Regardless of this, all 25 districts in the state where the Ganga flows have actually been alerted. The emergency and home departments and the SDRF are on alert,” the chief minister said, stressing there was no need to fear.In Kannauj, District Magistrate Rakesh Kumar Mishra assembled an emergency meeting of officials. Divers and earnings officials of villages found on the banks of the Ganga have been informed to remain on alert.Mishra inspected the Mahadevi Ghat in the district and said in case of increase in water levels, villagers will be taken to much safer places.In Ballia too, the district administration alerted people, according to District Magistrate Shrihari Pratap Shahi.Irrigation officials stated the department was on alert and the Ganga was streaming practically five metres listed below the risk mark.In Shahjahanpur, people on “kalpvaas”(a peiod of austerity observed by devotess in the month of Magha near the river banks) are being taken to more secure places while others have been informed to stay alert.District Magistrate Indra Kumar Singh informed, “During the month of Magha, ‘kalpvaasis’ stay for nearly one month on the banks of river Ganga, take baths and provide prayers. Practically 100 ‘kalpvaasis’ are being moved to much safer and higher places.”Superintendent of Authorities S Anand said they informed villagers to go to much safer places.Opposition celebrations in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday termed the disaster caused due to flash floods activated by an enormous glacial burst in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district exceptionally unfortunate, and advised the Centre to extend all possible assistance to the state.Bahujan Samaj Celebration (BSP) supremo Mayawati said the loss of lives was incredibly saddening.”The death in the lower areas triggered after an avalanche in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is exceptionally saddening. The Centre should ensure every kind of help to the state government to deal with the catastrophe. This is the demand of the BSP,’ she stated in a tweet in Hindi.Samajwadi Celebration chief Akhilesh Yadav said the federal government’s top priority ought to be on rescuing stranded individuals in the affected locations.”The priority of the government need to be to rescue people who are stranded and immediately find those who are missing out on. We appeal to our individuals in Uttarakhand to come forward and extend all possible assistance to the afflicted individuals and those taken part in relief work,” Yadav stated in a Hindi tweet.Rashtriya Lok Dal national representative Anupam Mishra said the catastrophe is extremely sad news for the country.Meanwhile, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) has actually decided it will not keep any needs prior to the Uttarakhand federal government throughout the upcoming Kumbh Mela at Haridwar relating to plans throughout the celebration after glacier burst in the neighbouring state setting off floods on Sunday.

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