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Uttarakhand flash flood: ISRO releases first images of disaster at Raini, Tapovan

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Uttarakhand flash flood: ISRO releases first images of disaster at Raini, Tapovan

Dehradun: On the third day of the Uttarakhand disaster, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has released the first images of the glacier burst that has so far claimed 32 lives, while a hundred are still reported to be missing.

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New satellite images, that have been released by ISRO, are the witness to the havoc that caused severe loss of life and property. The flash flood, which was reported in Rishi Ganga and Dhauli Ganga river catchment areas as a result of a major snow avalanche near Raini village of Chamoli district, has inflicted heavy loss to the power plants located at Raini and Tapovan.

While one of the satellite images show massive debris deposition in Dhauli Ganga, the other images have revealed damage that have occurred at dam infrastructures at Tapovan and Raini due to the flash floods.

These images were captured by the space agency’s advanced earth imaging and mapping satellite CARTOSAT-3, which is a third-generation agile satellite with high-resolution imaging capabilities.

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Meanwhile, multi-agency rescue and relief operations continue in Chamoli district and adjoining areas of Uttarakhand. A DRDO team is also working along with ISRO scientists and experts to find the cause of the tragedy.

On Wednesday, rescue efforts by multi-agency security personnel intensified with the help of drones and remote-sensing equipment to locate those trapped inside the 1.9 km long Tapovan tunnel, which is chock-a-block with tonnes of debris.

As per recent findings, the Uttarakhand tragedy happened due to glacier to burst or by an avalanche or a sudden release of accumulated water. Some experts also blame climate change for this havoc since warming temperatures are shrinking glaciers and making them unstable worldwide.

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