February 10 A glacier in northern India broke on the 7th, causing floods, which have killed at least 26 people and disappeared more than 100 people.
Hundreds of search and rescue personnel tried their best to find survivors on the 9th, focusing on the rescue of more than 30 trapped people in a tunnel.
This natural disaster occurred in the Jamoli region of North Arkhand.
A glacier in Mount Nandadwe, India’s second highest peak, broke down on the morning of the 7th and fell into the Tauliganga River, causing the river to break its levee and cause flooding.
The flood washed away two hydropower stations and some houses on the bank of the river, and more than 100 workers and some villagers who were working on the hydropower station disappeared.
Uttarakhand Police Commissioner Ashok Kumar said on social media that as of 20.00 local time on the 8th, rescuers had found the remains of 26 victims from the disaster site, and 171 people are still missing, dozens of whom are trapped in the tunnel.
Joint rescue teams composed of national and local disaster relief emergency units, police, army, etc.
are continuously operating to find survivors and rescue trapped people.
Reuters reported that the tunnel was located in the hydropower station site and was about 2.5 kilometers long, and more than 30 people were trapped in it.
The rescue team used excavators, bulldozers and other equipment and tools to clean up sludge and rocks at the entrance of the tunnel and try to find out the depth of water in the tunnel.
Kumar said that the rescue team hoped to open the entrance of the tunnel on the afternoon of the 9th local time.
Rescue teams also used thermal imaging equipment to better search for trapped people.
According to the local disaster management department, 27 people have been rescued so far.
The flood broke some bridges and roads.
India’s Interior Minister Amit Shah said that more than a dozen villages were temporarily isolated from the outside world due to the floods, and the government has dropped supplies to these villages.
A government official said that when the disaster occurred, many locals heard the roar of the floodwaters into the valley and immediately ran high to escape. The workers in the tunnel were very unfortunate.
“They may not have heard the sound outside at that time.”
Scientists are investigating the cause of the disaster.
They initially believe that there was a lot of snow in the area in the past, followed by a sunny day, and the temperature rose, which may be the cause of the glacier fracture.