Rescuers work into night to find glacier flood trapped

9 February 2021
2021-02-09 11:32

Rescuers in northern India worked into the night on Monday to rescue more than three dozen power plant workers trapped in a tunnel after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off and caused a flash flood of water and debris.  The disaster has left at least 26 people dead and 165 missing. More than 2,000 members of the military, paramilitary groups and police have been taking part in search-and-rescue operations in the northern state of Uttarakhand after Sunday's flood, which destroyed one dam, damaged another and washed homes downstream.

Officials said the focus was on saving 37 workers who are stuck inside a tunnel at one of the affected hydropower plants.  The flood was caused when a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier snapped off Sunday morning, releasing water trapped behind it.  Experts said the disaster could be linked to global warming and a team of scientists was flown to the site Monday to investigate what happened.

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