Hundreds feared dead in India.
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Hundreds feared dead in India after a Himalayan glacier burst early Sunday, flooding villages downstream. The glacier broke and crashed into a hydroelectric dam near the Raini village, resulting in the deaths of between 100-150 people, some of them were working at the hydroelectric dam. During the flooding, people were forcefully evacuated from some villages while the waters were rising, but unfortunately some people did not manage to escape the flooding. The accident happened in the region of Uttarakhand state in Northern India.
Witnesses reported hearing a roaring sound of an avalanche, as a wall of rock, water and dust headed to the village. The upper parts of Raini village located near the hydroelectric power is believed to have the most casualties, as they had little time to escape the incoming avalanche.
It came very fast, there was no time to alert anyone. I felt that even we would be swept away.Sanjay Singh Rana to Reuters.
Local authorities put the districts of Tehri, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Haridwar and Dehradun on high alert as a precaution, but Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat tweeted that the flow of the Alaknanda river is back to normal. The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said that they are monitoring the situation.
India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety there. Have been continuously speaking to senior authorities and getting updates on … rescue work and relief operations.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.
The region of Uttarakhand in the Himalayas is prone for these flash floods and landslides. In fact, back in June 2013, around 6,000 people lost their lives after a devastating flood dubbed ‘Himalayan tsunami’ swept in the villages below, destroying hundreds of villages.