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India: Dozens feared dead after Himalayan glacier bursts


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

07th Feb, 2021. 05:42 pm
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Dozens of people are reportedly missing after a Himalayan glacier broke apart and crashed into a hydroelectric dam in India.

According to the details, three people have lost their lives while up to 150 others are missing in India.

Footage from news agencies showed that water gushing towards the dam in the state of Uttarakhand on Sunday, washing away parts of it and whatever else was in its path.

“The actual number has not been confirmed yet,” but 100 to 150 people were feared dead, chief secretary of Uttarakhand told.

A witness reported a wall of dust, rock and water as an avalanche roared down the Dhauli Ganga river valley located more than 500 km north of New Delhi.

“It came very fast, there was no time to alert anyone,” a witness told the media officials by phone. “I felt that even we would be swept away.”

Uttarakhand’s Police Chief Ashok Kumar told reporters more than 50 people working at the dam were feared dead though some others had been rescued.

Kumar also said authorities had evacuated other dams to contain the water rushing in from the flooded Alakananda river.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was closely monitoring the situation.

“India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety there,” he said on Twitter.

Moreover, India’s air force was being readied to help with rescue operations.

While Home Minister Amit Shah said disaster-response teams were being airlifted in to help with relief and rescue.

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