140 are missing after glacier breaks in India’s Himalayas
RISHIKESH, India (AP) — At least nine people are dead and 140 are missing in India after part of a glacier in the Himalayas broke off, releasing a torrent of water and debris that slammed into two hydroelectric plants. Experts say the disaster Sunday appears to point to global warming.
Video from India’s northern state of Uttarakhand showed the muddy floodwaters tumbling through a valley and surging into a dam, breaking it into pieces with little resistance before roaring on downstream. The disaster turned the countryside into what looked like an ash-colored moonscape. Many villages were evacuated. Power plants further downstream were saved by opening up their gates. Hundreds of rescuers were working into the night to find trapped victims.