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Himalayan glacier breaks in India’s north as flooding kills 9, leaves 140 missing

RISHIKESH, India — Indian authorities launched a search operation Sunday after a part of a Himalayan glacier broke, sending an enormous flood of water and particles slamming into two dams and damaging a lot of houses. At the least 9 folks have been killed and 140 have been missing.

The flood was brought about when a portion of Nanda Devi glacier broke off in the Tapovan space of the northern state of Uttarakhand on Sunday morning. A video shared by officers and brought from the aspect of steep hillside reveals a wall of water surging into one of many dams and breaking it into items with little resistance earlier than persevering with to roar downstream.

The Rishiganga hydropower plant on the Alaknanda River was destroyed, whereas the Dhauliganga hydropower plant on the Dhauliganga River was broken, stated Vivek Pandey, a spokesman for the paramilitary Indo Tibetan Border Police. Flowing from the Himalayan mountains, each rivers meet earlier than merging with the Ganges River.

Pandey stated all 12 employees trapped inside a tunnel on the Dhauliganga challenge have been rescued and supplied first help. Earlier, he stated 16 have been folks have been trapped there.

One other 140 employees on the two crops have been missing, Pandey stated.

Surjeet Singh, a police official, stated 9 our bodies have been recovered thus far amid intensified rescue operations.

Pandey stated troopers who’re consultants in mountaineering and rescue operations had been known as in.

“The state of affairs is underneath management and there’s no want for panic,” he stated.

Officers stated when the glacier broke it despatched water trapped behind it as effectively as mud and different particles surging down the mountain and into different our bodies of water. Many villages have been evacuated as authorities issued an advisory urging folks residing on the banks of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers to maneuver to safer locations instantly.

There have been homes that have been broken in the flooding, stated Ravi Bejaria, a authorities spokesman, although he had no particulars on the quantity and whether or not any of the residents have been injured, missing or useless.

Authorities emptied two dams farther down the river to cease the flood waters from reaching cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, the place well-liked vacationer spots on the banks of the Ganges River have been shut and all boating actions have been stopped.

“We heard {that a} glacier had damaged and folks feared water ranges would rise,” stated Prince Chawla, a ship proprietor in Rishikesh. “However as of now, the water stage hasn’t actually risen an excessive amount of right here.”

Uttarakhand police chief Ashok Kumar stated officers instantly alerted residents residing in the world and evacuated them to safer locations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet stated he was “continually monitoring the unlucky state of affairs.” He added: “India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everybody’s security there.”

In 2013, hundreds of individuals have been killed in Uttarakhand after heavy rains triggered landslides and floods, washing away hundreds of homes and roads and chopping communication hyperlinks in many elements of the state.

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