Tragic Incident: 15 Lives Lost in Chamoli due to Electric Shock From Railing at Namami Gange Site!!
A devastating incident occurred at a Namami Gange project site on the banks of the Alakananda River in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, where 15 died in Chamoli due to an electric shock from the railing.
A transformer explosion resulted in live electricity surging through a railing, causing the unfortunate death of 15 individuals, including a police subinspector and five home guards. Rescue operations are underway, and authorities are investigating the incident.
Tragedy struck when a transformer exploded at the Namami Gange project site, emitting live electricity through a railing. As a result, at least 15 people lost their lives, including the caretaker of the project site, Ganesh Lal.
It is reported that all subsequent victims came into contact with the electrified railing, leading to fatal electric shocks. Several others sustained injuries and have been admitted to the district hospital for medical treatment.
Emergency Response and Relief Operations
The Chamoli Superintendent of Police, Parmendra Doval, confirmed the deaths of 10 individuals and the injuries sustained by others in the transformer explosion. Police and rescue teams swiftly arrived at the scene and initiated relief operations.
The injured individuals are being referred to higher medical facilities, such as AIIMS Rishikesh, via helicopter.
To ensure a thorough investigation, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has ordered a Magisterial inquiry into the incident:
चमोली में करंट लगने से कई लोगों के हताहत होने का अत्यंत पीड़ादायक समाचार प्राप्त हुआ। दुर्घटना में घायल हुए लोगों को उपचार हेतु नजदीकी अस्पताल भेज दिया गया है।
इस दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण घटना की मजिस्ट्रियल जांच के आदेश दे दिए हैं।
ईश्वर से दिवंगत आत्माओं की शांति एवं घायलों के शीघ्र…
— Pushkar Singh Dhami (@pushkardhami) July 19, 2023
State Health Minister Dhan Singh Rawat, present in Chamoli, verified that the tragic incident claimed the lives of 15 individuals while seven others suffered injuries. Efforts are underway to airlift the injured individuals to AIIMS Rishikesh for advanced medical treatment.
Establishing a magisterial inquiry aims to examine the circumstances leading to the incident and determine accountability. The mishap occurred amidst persistent rainfall that has been lashing Uttarakhand recently.
The constant rain caused the water level of the Alakananda River to rise significantly. Consequently, approximately 3,000 cusecs of additional water were released from the dam of the GVK hydroelectric project in Srinagar, Pauri district.
The State Emergency Operation Center promptly alerted Pauri, Tehri, Haridwar, and Dehradun district magistrates, advising caution in these areas due to the water release. Residents of Haridwar, Rishikesh, and other regions were advised to stay away from river banks and prioritize their safety.
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Conclusion: The Tragic Incident
The tragic incident at the Namami Gange project site in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, resulting in the loss of 15 lives due to electric shock, has deeply saddened the community. Immediate rescue operations were undertaken to assist the injured, and a magisterial inquiry was initiated to investigate the incident further.
The impact of continuous rainfall in the region added to the situation’s complexity. Authorities are committed to determining the causes of the transformer explosion and taking necessary measures to prevent such unfortunate incidents in the future.
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