Glacier eruption in India floods, hundreds feared dead
Uttarakhand: In India, the Himalayan glacier suddenly erupted and fell into the river, causing a catastrophic flood that swept away nearby houses, while the chief secretary feared hundreds of deaths.
According to Indian media, a catastrophic accident has taken place in Tapun, Uttarakhand due to the sudden melting of a glacier. Many homes were destroyed and hundreds were feared dead.
A state of emergency has been declared in the district and the administration is instructing the citizens to evacuate their houses immediately through loudspeakers. The water level in the river is rising dangerously high and the danger from Chamoli to Haridwar has increased. The gates of the dam have been directed to be opened when the flood relay hits the dam.
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash has expressed fears that more than 150 people may have been killed in the floods, but the exact number is yet to be ascertained. Emergency has been declared in the hospitals while fire brigade and rescue agencies have started rescue operations.
On the other hand, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivinder Singh Rawat reported on Twitter that the water level of the river had risen but now the flow is decreasing and this is a good thing.
The floodwaters trapped 16 workers inside a tunnel under construction in a nearby area and rescue workers rescued them during a rescue operation.