At least fourteen people have died, and at least 170 others are still missing after breaking off part of a glacier in the Indian Himalayas.
This caused a devastating flood in the state of Uttarakhand on Sunday. Rescue services have found 15 people alive so far. Previously, nine had been killed, and 125 were missing.
A water wall rolled through a valley in northern Himalayas of India on Sunday morning, destroying bridges, roads and two hydroelectric power stations. “There was a cloud of dust as the water passed. The ground was shaking like an earthquake,” local resident Om Agarwal told Indian TV.
Uttarakhand’s state government said on Monday that 14 bodies were recovered in various places, but that 170 people were still missing, according to local officials.
On Sunday, police had estimated the number of missing people at more than 200, most of them from the destroyed power plants. Some were trapped in two tunnels cut off by the floods and by mud and rocks.
Twelve people were rescued from one of the tunnels on Sunday, but 25 to 30 others were still trapped in the second, state emergency response officer Piyoosh Rautela told AFP. Paramilitary rescue workers had to climb a hill with ropes to reach the entrance.
Several hundred rescue workers resumed the search for survivors on Monday at first light. Diving teams from the army and navy are used for this.