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Uttarakhand: Massive glacier breaks at Joshimath near India-China border

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: April 24, 2021, 7:44 a.m.

New Delhi: A glacier has broken down on the road connecting the India-China border to Joshimath in Uttarakhand. 

The Indian army has confirmed this. The commander of the Border Road Task Force, Colonel Manish Kapil, said that a large glacier has broken down along the India-China border near Joshimath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

According to the information, this glacier is broken between Malari and Sumna near ITBP’s 8bn post. Here BRO workers are engaged in road cutting work. It is being told that the glacier has been broken due to heavy snowfall.

It is being told that a big accident can also happen due to this. It is feared that the water level of the Rishiganga river may rise due to its breakdown. In view of this, CM Tirath Singh Rawat has also issued an alert. The Joshimath-Malari highway has also been covered with snow due to the accident.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has said that a glacier has been reported broken at Sumna in Neeti Valley. 

“I have released alert in this regard. I am in constant touch with the district administration and the BRO. The district administration has been instructed to get complete information about the case. In NTPC and other projects, orders have been given to stop the work at night, so that no untoward incident occurs,” he said.

The central government has also become cautious after the glacier broke. Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat immediately and assured him of all possible help. 

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According to Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat, he informed Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the incident late on Friday night. According to the Chief Minister’s Office, the Home Minister took immediate notice of the incident and directed the ITBP to be vigilant. The Chief Minister thanked the Home Minister for his readiness and sensitivity.

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