One hydroelectric plant was washed away in the floodwaters, while another was partially destroyed. The 13.2 MW power plant was washed away by the current. The accident took place on Sunday morning. At 8.00 pm, the flow in Alaka Nanda increased sharply. This caused severe disruption to relief efforts.
The disaster took place in the area between the Alaknanda, Dhauliganga and Rushi Ganga rivers. The two meet at Alaknanda after joining the Rushiganga Dhauliganga, a tributary of the Ganges. The water level in Dhauliganga is three meters above the normal water level.
Water seeped into the Tapovan-Vishnugad 480 MW hydropower plant set up by NTPC at Tapovan-Raini. ‘As a result, 170 workers were lost. Two of them are policemen, ‘said the Uttarakhand Natural Disaster Management Agency. They are all expected to be dead. While the tunnel works for the power plant were going on, the workers were trapped in the water due to the sudden influx of flood water.