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Saturday, April 24, 2021, 13:10
At least 8 dead in glacier avalanche in India's Uttarakhand
By Agencies
Saturday, April 24, 2021, 13:10 By Agencies

In this picture taken on Feb 11, 2021 a snowcapped Himalayan mountains peak is seen in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district. (SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP)

NEW DELHI - At least eight people died and 384 were rescued after a glacier broke triggering an avalanche close to the Indo-China border in the Indian state of Uttarakhand on Friday, a government official said.

"Eight bodies have been recovered. Rescue operations are in progress," a defense ministry official told reporters on Saturday, adding that six of those rescued were in critical condition.

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Efforts are being made to revive communication network as roads are closed due to heavy snowfall, Tirath Singh Rawat, chief minister of the state said in a Tweet after an aerial survey of the area

The road access was cut off at four to five locations due to multiple landslides after an avalanche struck in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Friday evening, the official said.

A state official also confirmed that at least eight persons had died and more than 300 were rescued by the army personnel.

Efforts are being made to revive communication network as roads are closed due to heavy snowfall, Tirath Singh Rawat, chief minister of the state said in a Tweet after an aerial survey of the area.

Rescue operations were temporarily halted on Friday night due to bad weather conditions and were resumed Saturday morning, according to a statement issued by the Indian army.

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Federal minister for water resources Gajendra Singh Shekhawat described the incident as "unfortunate" and said he was monitoring the situation closely.

A glacier breaking up and landslides in the state in February resulted in a flash flood that left more than 200 dead and swept away two-state hydro-electric projects.

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