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Uttarakhand Glacier Burst: Members of the Film Fraternity Offer Prayers, Condolences 

The glacial burst that took place in Uttarakhand on February 7 reportedly left 19 persons dead.

According to The Indian Express report, the glacial burst, which took place in Reni village of Chamoli, triggered an avalanche and caused flash floods in Rishiganga and Dhauliganga rivers. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that 20o people are missing as per preliminary estimates.

While the relief operation is going on in full swing, people from the entertainment industry have been sending in their prayers and sharing condolences. Actor and environmentalist Dia Mirza wrote on Twitter, “What is the connection with what is happening in #Uttrakhand right now and cutting trees (deforestation), cutting into our mountains, building dams combined with climate change? – Innocent, unsuspecting people get hurt.” She also shared details of the helpline number, “Building too many dams in the Himalayas has lead to this. Prayers for the people of Chamoli. Please contact Disaster Operations Center number 1070 or 9557444486 for help.”


Sharing his prayers for the affected, Hindi actor Randeep Hooda tweeted, “Man tampering with nature results in disaster.. we must be very careful and have more Stringent Environmental Impact Assessment.”

Filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor, whose film Kedarnath (2018) was set against the backdrop of the 2013 flash floods in Uttarakhand, also prayed for the well being of people.

Other celebrities like Shreyas Talpade and Prasoon Joshi, Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Sara Ali Khan, and Tamannaah Bhatia also tweeted to offer their prayers for the affected people.

While actor Mahesh Babu offered his prayers, actor Ajay Devgn wrote, “Is it our worst fears on climate extremes that are closing in on us?”

Shraddha Kapoor, Ravi Teja, Nithiin, Jayam Ravi, and others also shared their thoughts and prayers for the people affected by the disaster.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about the incident and said that he was constantly monitoring the situation in Uttarakhand. He wrote that he has been “continuously speaking to senior authorities and getting updates on NDRF deployment, rescue work and relief operations”.