Uttarakhand Glacier Breaks, 7 Dead, 170 Missing, Pakistan saddened over loss of lives

Seven people were killed and 170 are still missing, after a glacier break at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district triggered massive flooding of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers on Sunday.

Pakistan said saddened over loss of precious lives due to flash floods caused by glacier break-off in Uttarakhand. In a statement issued by MoFA in Islamabad, Pakistan said, our thoughts are with the families of the victims. We pray for the safety and early rescue and recovery of those missing.

Many villages were evacuated as floods swept away five bridges, damaged homes and the nearby NTPC power plant, and washed away a small hydro power project near Rishiganga. Six people were injured. National and state disaster response teams have been deployed, as have teams from the ITBP. The Army has sent six columns and the Navy seven diving teams. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety.”