India disaster highlights pressure on Asia’s great rivers

People walk past a destroyed dam after a Himalayan glacier broke and crashed into the dam at Raini Chak Lata village in Chamoli district, northern state of Uttarakhand India on February 7, 2021 Reuters A major study in 2019 suggested Himalayan glaciers had melted twice as fast since the turn of the century as in […]

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. […]