Watch | ITBP personnel rescue 16 people trapped inside tunnel in Uttarakhand's Chamoli
Over 150 labourers working at the Rishiganga power project in Chamoli are feared dead
The power project was swept away completely
Several houses along the way were also swept away
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on Sunday rescued all the 16 people, who were trapped in the tunnel near Tapovan area of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand, reported ANI.
A part of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off at Joshimath in Chamoli, leading to a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river causing large-scale destruction.
According to an ITBP official, over 150 labourers working at the Rishiganga power project in Tapovan-Reni are feared dead while 10 bodies have been recovered from the river until now.
The power project was swept away completely, added state Director General of Police Ashok Kumar while describing the situation as under control, reported PTI.
Several houses along the way were also swept away as the waters rushed down the mountainsides in a raging torrent. Many villages were evacuated and people have been taken to safer areas.
Districts, including Pauri, Tehri, Rudraprayag, Haridwar and Dehradun, were put on high alert and forces of the ITBP and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushed to start the rescue operation.
Seven Indian Navy Diving Teams are on standby for Uttarakhand flash flood relief operations, the navy officials have said.