Search for 200 people in India ongoing after flood kill 18


Emergency workers are searching for as many as 200 people still missing after a piece of a Himalayan glacier fell into a river and triggered a huge flood in northern India, killing 18.

The floodwaters burst open a dam and a deluge of water poured through a valley in the state of Uttarakhand yesterday.

Most of the missing are believed to be workers from two hydropower plants.

The rescue effort is focused on several sites, including a tunnel more than 200 meters long.

More than 30 people were apparently trapped inside when the torrent of icy water swept down the valley, carrying rocks and earth as it gathered speed.

There has been no contact with those trapped since. The rescue teams hope to clear the tunnel by nightfall.


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