At Least Eight People Dead After Avalanche Caused by Breaking Glacier in India’s Himalayan Region

This image from video shows the scene where a glacier broke and triggered an avalanche close to the Indo-China border in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. (Reuters TV)

At least eight people died and 384 were rescued after a glacier broke triggering an avalanche close to the Indo-China border in the Indian state of Uttarakhand on Friday, a government official said.

“Eight bodies have been recovered. Rescue operations are in progress,” a defence ministry official told reporters on Saturday, adding that six of those rescued were in critical condition.

The road access was cut off at four to five locations due to multiple landslides, after an avalanche struck in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Friday evening, the official said.

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A state official also confirmed that at least eight people had died and more than 300 were rescued by the army personnel.

Tirath Singh Rawat, chief minister of the state, said on Twitter that there had been heavy snowfall in the area. He also said he was told about 400 labourers were at work in the region when the avalanche hit.

A glacier breaking up and landslides in the state in February resulted in a flash flood that left more than 200 dead and swept away two state hydro-electric projects.

SOURCE: Reuters

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