Glacier blast: Solution lies in managing cascading risks

Sanjay Srivastava | Published: March 06, 2021 21:09:07 On 7 February 2021, the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, in the outer western Himalayas. At least 61 people were killed and around 143 are still missing. This disaster is not unique. In June 2013, the adjoining town of Kedarnath witnessed […]

India’s glacier disaster highlights Himalayan dangers

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 9, 2021, a general view shows debris of Rishi Ganga hydroelectric power plant on the Rishi Ganga River, near Raini Chak Lata in Chamoli district following a flash flood thought to have been caused when a glacier broke off on February 7. – Long before this month’s […]

Himalayan glacier breaks in India, around 125 missing in floods

A view of damaged dam after a Himalayan glacier broke and crashed into the dam at Raini Chak Lata village in Chamoli district in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, Feb 7, 2021. REUTERS

A wall of dust, rock and water hit as an avalanche roared down the Rishiganga valley deep in the mountains of Uttarakhand, a witness said. “It came very fast, there was no time to alert anyone,” Sanjay Singh Rana, who lives on the upper reaches of the river in Raini village, told Reuters by phone. […]