Amit Shah informs parliament : 197 people missing, 20 dead in Uttarakhand floods

Amit Shah informs parliament : 197 people missing, 20 dead in Uttarakhand floods

Twelve people working on the NTPC project and 15 on the Rishiganga one have been saved.

As many as 197 people are missing while 20 have died in Sunday's avalanche and flash floods in Uttarakhand, Union Home Minister Amit Shah told Parliament on Tuesday.

He said the figures received from the state government may change and the situation is being monitored round-the-clock at the highest level by the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.

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Shah told the Rajya Sabha that the rising water levels washed away the functional Rishiganga small hydro project of 13.2 MW and also affected the under-construction 520 MW NTPC Hydro Power Project at Tapovan on the downstream of the Dhauli Ganga river.

"As per information received from the Government of Uttarakhand, 20 people have died and six persons have been injured so far. As per information, a total of 197 people are reported missing which includes 139 of an under-construction project of NTPC, 46 of the functional Rishi Ganga Project and 12 villagers," he said.

Twelve people working on the NTPC project and 15 on the Rishiganga one have been saved.

In a tunnel of NTPC project, approximately 25-35 people are suspected to be trapped, Shah said.

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