'Like a volcano had erupted': Villagers recount moments when Himalayan glacier bursts as critics blame dam projects

'Like a volcano had erupted': Villagers recount moments when Himalayan glacier bursts as critics blame dam projects

The Straits Times - Asia·2021-02-08 12:02

NEW DELHI (NYTIMES) - A Himalayan glacier broke and caused sudden, massive flooding in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on Sunday (Feb 7), smashing two dam projects and forcing officials to scramble to evacuate villages and try to save more than 100 lives.

Trivendra Singh Rawat, the chief minister of Uttarakhand, said that seven bodies had been recovered and that about 125 people, many of them workers at the two hydroelectric dam projects that were largely swept away, were unaccounted for.

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