The border guarding force has units based in Joshimath as part of its mandate to guard the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
As news of the disaster came in, two teams were rushed from Dehradun to Joshimath, NDRF Director General S N Pradhan added. “We are working to airlift three-four more teams from the Hindon IAF base near Delhi,” he said.
The extent of damage can only be ascertained after some more time, he said.
More than 150 labourers working at the Rishi Ganga power project may have been directly affected, said State Disaster Response Force DIG Ridhim Aggarwal.
“Representatives of the power project have told me that they are not being able to contact around 150 of their workmen at the project site,” she said. Though details are awaited, several districts, including Pauri, Tehri, Rudraprayag, Haridwar and Dehradun, are likely to be affected and have been put on high alert.