140 are missing after glacier breaks in India’s Himalayas

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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.

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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.

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