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Around 150 missing as glacier breaks in northern India

Baku, February 7, AZERTAC

Some 150 people went missing after part of a Himalayan glacier broke in northern India, leading to a massive flood, officials said on Sunday, according to Anadolu Agency.

A portion of Nanda Devi glacier, India’s second-highest mountain, broke off in Tapovan area of the Uttarakhand state, damaging the Rishiganga hydro power project.

"Representatives of the power project have told me that they are not being able to contact around 150 of their workmen at the project site," Ridhim Aggarwal, an official of the state disaster response force, told local media.

Photos and videos posted and shared on social media platforms showed a massive flood in the river and extensive damage to villages.

According to the National Disaster Recovery Force (NDRF), its teams together with Indo-Tibetan border police launched a rescue operation and recovered three dead bodies.

Indian Air Force also confirmed stationing three choppers in the nearby airbases on standby to help rescue operations in flood-affected areas.

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