Glacial lake burst in India leaving 100 missing and 19 dead. More than 100 people are missing in India’s northeast after heavy rain caused a glacial lake to burst, leading to flash floods which ripped through the Himalayan state of Sikkim Wednesday, killing at least 19 and washing away roads and bridges. A “sudden cloudburst” over Lhonak Lake, in the northern part of the state, sent fast-moving torrents of water surging down the Teesta River in Sikkim’s Lachen valley, raising water levels 15-20 feet higher than normal, the Indian Army said in a statement. A cloudburst is a very sudden and destructive rainstorm. Chungthang Dam, also known as the Teesta 3 dam and part of a major hydropower project in the state, was “washed away. Drinking water supplies and sewage treatment plants have been “totally damaged” across affected districts. Video from the north of the state shows a muddy deluge rapidly overflowing the river, and flooded houses caked in dirt and debris, while images show search teams using excavators to uncover army vehicles buried deep in the mud. Rescue and restorations operations are underway with both state and national disaster personnel involved. Known as the rooftop of the world, the ecologically sensitive Himalayan region is prone to flash floods and landslides, and flooding is not unusual in Sikkim, but scientists are clear that extreme weather is becoming more frequent and more intense as the human-caused climate crisis accelerates.
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Disaster Relief: Providing shelter, food and water. Rescue workers were searching for nearly 100 people on Thursday after flash floods triggered by sudden heavy rainfall swamped several towns in northeastern India, killing at least 18 people. More than 2,000 people were rescued after Wednesday’s floods, more than 22,000 people impacted by the floods. Eighteen bodies have been found so far, said Vinay Bhushan Pathak, the top state bureaucrat. Twenty-six people have suffered injuries and were undergoing treatment at various hospitals. Pathak said that nearly 3,000 tourists and 700 drivers with their vehicles have been stranded in the flood-hit areas. Eleven bridges were washed away by the floodwaters, which also hit pipelines and damaged or destroyed more than 270 houses in four districts.
Disaster Relief: Providing shelter, food, and water. Nearly half a million people in northeast India have been affected by severe flooding after heavy rains battered the region, turning roads into rivers and submerging entire villages. More than 495,000 people spread across 22 districts in the state of Assam have been impacted by floodwaters, its disaster management authority said in a statement Thursday. About 14,000 people were evacuated to relief camps after torrential rainfall swept across the region, resulting in the river Beki, which flows through Assam, to overflow. At least one person has died, according to state authorities. Assam, a state of more than 31 million people, experiences heavy rain and flooding during India’s unrelenting monsoon season which can last from April to September.
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Providing assistance to the people injured and killed in this terrible accident. More than two hundred people have been killed and hundreds injured in a collision involving two passenger trains and a goods train in the Indian city of Balasore, in one of the worst rail crashes in recent history. At least 280 people have died and 900 are injured, state chief secretary Pradeep Jena said on Twitter following the disaster in eastern Odisha state on Friday. The death toll is expected to rise as teams carry out a colossal rescue operation. Friday’s rescue effort included more than 115 ambulances and several fire service units, say authorities. About 500 units of blood were collected overnight with 900 units currently in stock. The deadly collision occurred after one passenger train collided into coaches of an already derailed passenger train that had tossed into the opposite track. The Coromandel Express, which runs between Shalimar and Chennai, around Balasore, 10 to 12 of its coaches derailed and tossed over to the opposite track. After some time, another train, which runs between Yesvantpur and Howrah, dashed into those derailed coaches, which resulted in the derailment of its three to four coaches.
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