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Home Minister Shah will apprise RS once rescue ops in Chamoli is over: Naidu

New Delhi: Rajya Sabah Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said Home Minister Amit Shah will apprise the House once the rescue operations in Uttarakhand are over.

Speaking during ‘Zero Hour’ on the Uttarakhand glacier burst, he said, “As far as issue of Uttarakhand is concerned, the entire country is concerned. Today morning, I spoke to Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, and he told me all efforts are on. There is no certainty on number of casualties as the tunnel is long. Multiple agencies are working on rescue mission. Let us wait for some time and get full details, MHA is looking into this and PM is reviewing it.”

“Wait for the full report and then I will ask the Home Minister to apprise the House of the situation,” Mr Naidu further said.

He also told CPI Member Binoy Viswam that since rescue operations are continuing, his notice for suspension of Business Hour to discuss the flood cannot be allowed.

Mr Naidu informed the same to Shiv Sena lawmaker Priyanka Chaturvedi who also gave a notice to discuss the Uttarakhand tragedy.

Several people were feared when a glacial lake broke in Raini village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on Sunday.

The bodies of 10 people have been recovered so far, official reports said. Relief and rescue operations, involving Army, Navy, Airforce and NDRF teams, were continuing on a war-footing.

Scores of hutments and residential houses were washed away in the flash floods, triggered by the breach of a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier at around 1045 hrs, flooding the Alaknanda river. The gushing river water uprooted hundreds of trees that came in its way.

The flow of water from the country’s tallest dam – Tehri dam – was stopped, to facilitate the smooth passage of rising waters on Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda.

All the villages and low lying areas on the banks were immediately vacated after the disaster and water flow from Srinagar dam was increased to manage higher water flows.

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