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India: scores feared dead after Himalayan glacier burst causes major river surge in Uttarakhand

Telegraph, 07 Feb 2021
Three people were confirmed dead and at least 150 were missing in northern India after a broken glacier caused a major river surge that swept away bridges and roads on Sunday.

The water tore through the Dhauliganga river valley, destroying everything in its path, videos taken by terrified residents showed.

"It came very fast, there was no time to alert anyone," one witness said.

Three bodies had been found and a desperate search was underway for more. "Our last update puts the missing persons number at 150," a police spokesperson said, as authorities scrambled to gather information from areas affected by the flood and to evacuate villages overlooking the river, which is a tributary of the Ganges.

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