Death toll from glacier rupture in northern India rises to 32

  Xinhua News Agency, New Delhi, February 9 (Reporter Hu Xiaoming) The police in Uttarakhand in northern India said on the 9th that the death toll from the local glacier rupture rose to 32.

  The police said rescuers have found the remains of 32 victims from the disaster site.

At present, only 7 remains have been confirmed, and more than 150 people are still missing.

  Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah said in Parliament that large-scale rescue operations are still going on.

Indian Prime Minister Modi and relevant departments are closely monitoring the progress of the rescue and will provide all necessary assistance for the rescue operation.

  According to Shah, the area affected by the glacier rupture disaster is about 14 square kilometers. The government has sent 450 police officers, 5 national emergency response forces, 8 army rescue teams, a navy rescue team and 5 air force helicopters to participate in the rescue operation. .

  According to Indian media reports, the current search and rescue efforts are mainly concentrated in a tunnel about 1,700 meters long, and dozens of missing persons may still be trapped in it.

Due to the accumulation of silt and stones in the tunnel after the flood, although rescuers used heavy machinery to excavate day and night, no breakthrough was made.

  A glacier ruptured in the Jamoli region of Uttarakhand, India on the morning of the 7th. The ruptured glacier plunged into the Tauliganga River and caused the river to burst and cause flooding.

The flood destroyed two hydropower stations and some houses on the banks of the river. About 150 workers and some local villagers who were constructing the hydropower stations were missing, and traffic in more than 10 villages was interrupted.