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Casualties feared, houses destroyed after massive avalanche in Uttarakhand

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Uttarakhand:Several houses were destroyed and casualties feared as the water level in Dhauliganga river rose suddenly following an avalanche near a power project at Raini village in Tapovan area of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district.

Chamoli district magistrate instructed officials to evacuate people living in villages on the bank of Dhauliganga river. The district magistrate and the superintendent of police have left for the spot.

 
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“A disaster has been reported from Chamoli district. The district administration, police and disaster management departments have been directed to deal with the situation. Do not pay attention to any kind of rumours. Government is taking all necessary steps,” said Uttarakhand CM TS Rawat.

In a statement, the ITBP said: “A massive flood in Dhauliganga seen near Reni village, where some water body flooded and destroyed many river bankside houses due to cloudburst or breaching of reservoir. Casualties feared. Hundreds of ITBP personnel rushed for rescue.”