At least eight people killed in glacier avalanche in Himalayan, India: Official



New Delhi — At least eight people were killed and 384 were rescued after the glacier that caused the avalanche broke near the Indian-Chinese border in Uttarakhand, India, government officials said.

“Eight bodies have been recovered. Rescue operations are underway,” Defense Ministry officials told reporters on Saturday, adding that six of the rescued were in crisis.

Road access was blocked in four to five locations after multiple landslides after an avalanche in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on Friday evening, officials said.

State officials also confirmed that at least eight people were killed and more than 300 were rescued by military personnel.

The state’s prime minister, Tyrus Singh Rawat, said in a post-aerial survey tweet in the area that he is working to revive the communications network as roads are closed due to heavy snowfall.

In February, glaciers collapsed in the states and landslides resulted in flash floods, killing more than 200 people and flushing hydropower projects in two states.

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