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Another glacier burst reported in Uttarakhand's Niti Valley, says CM; alert issued

A glacier burst has been reported in Sumna, Neeti Valley near the India-China border in Chamoli district, informed Uttarakhand Chief Minister.

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Published on 24 April 2021 4:03 AM GMT

Another glacier burst reported in Uttarakhands Niti Valley, says CM; alert issued
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A glacier burst has been reported in Sumna, Neeti Valley near the India-China border in Chamoli district, informed Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat.

"A glacier burst has been reported in Sumna, Niti Valley. I have released an alert in this regard. I am in constant touch with the district administration and BRO," Rawat said in a tweet on Friday night.

"The district administration has been instructed to get complete information about the incident. In NTPC and other projects, orders have been given to stop work at night so that no untoward incident occurs," he added.

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The CM further said that Union home minister Amit Shah has taken immediate notice of the glacier burst and has assured full help to the state government, besides instructing the ITBP to be vigilant.

"I express my heartfelt gratitude to the Home Minister Amit Shah on behalf of my people for his readiness and sensitivity," wrote Rawat.

Sumna Niti Valley:

Sumna is around 40 km ahead of Raini village — towards the China border — in Tapovan area of Joshimath tehsil of Chamoli district.

Upstream on the Rishiganga river near Raini village in the same Niti Valley, a glacial burst had occurred on February 7, leading to a flash flood in the Rishiganga and Dhauliganga rivers, and devastation at the site of two hydro power projects downstream.

A total of 204 people had gone missing from multiple sites in the incident. So far, 80 bodies have been recovered while 124 are still missing. Last week, one body was recovered from the barrage site during removal of debris near Dhauliganga in the Tapovan area.

DGP Ashok Kumar said in a tweet that teams have been dispatched to take stock of situation. "ITBP jawans are safe," he said. Due to bad weather conditions, officials are yet to get full details of the incident, he said.

In February, a glacier burst incident had taken place at Joshimath in Chamoli district, leading to a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river and causing large-scale devastation. Over 50 bodies were recovered and hundreds were declared missing.

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