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140 are missing after glacier breaks in India's Himalayas

India Glacier Flooding
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India Glacier Flooding
Posted at 10:17 PM, Feb 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 00:25:36-05

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.

India Glacier Flooding
This frame grab from video provided by KK Productions shows a massive flood of water, mud and debris flowing at Chamoli District after a portion of Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, Sunday, Feb.7, 2021. (KK Productions via AP)

Many villages were evacuated, and hundreds of rescuers were working into the night to find trapped victims.

Power plants further downstream were saved by opening up their gates.

APTOPIX India Glacier Flooding
This photograph provided by Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) shows a man reacting after he was pulled out from beneath the ground by ITBP personnel during rescue operations after a portion of Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, Sunday, Feb.7, 2021. (Indo Tibetan Border Police via AP)