14 dead, rescuers search for 170 after Himalayan glacier broke away in India

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Fourteen people were Monday confirmed dead and at least 170 others still missing after a  chunk of a Himalayan glacier broke away in India, setting off a torrent of water, rock and dust down a mountain valley, officials said.

The wall of water barrelled down a valley in India’s Himalayan north on Sunday morning, destroying bridges, roads and two hydroelectric power plants.

“A total of 15 people have been rescued and 14 bodies have been recovered from different places so far,” the state government of Uttarakhand, in the country’s north, said on Monday.

Videos on social media showed water surging through a small dam site, washing away construction equipment and bringing down small bridges.

“Everything was swept away, people, cattle and trees,” Sangram Singh Rawat, a former village council member of Raini, the site closest to the glacier, told local media.

Some 400 soldiers have been deployed to the site in the remote mountains, state authorities said.

Sunday, police had put the number of people missing at more than 200, most of them from the two power plants. Some were trapped in two tunnels cut off by the floods and by mud and rocks.

(With input from agencies)

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