03:54 GMT03 March 2021
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    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - The death toll from the partial collapse of a Himalayan glacier in the Indian state of Uttarakhand has grown to 67 people as search and rescue operations continue, local police said on Sunday.

    The latest reported death toll on Friday stated 62 fatalities, as conveyed by the police in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, where the disaster took place.

    "Yesterday, 20 February, ... five bodies were found, four of which were identified. In total, 67 bodies and 28 parts of bodies have been found, including 37 identified bodies", the police said.

    Some 137 people are still missing as rescuers continue search operations, including 35 hydroelectric plant workers feared trapped under the debris in mountain caves.

    General view of the place where members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) conduct a rescue operation, after a part of a glacier broke away, in Tapovan in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India
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    General view of the place where members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) conduct a rescue operation, after a part of a glacier broke away, in Tapovan in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India

    A portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off and fell into the Rishiganga River on 7 February. This supposedly triggered the rapid flooding of two nearby hydroelectric plants — one of them under construction.

    The 13.2MW Rishiganga hydroelectric power station was practically washed away, while construction work on the other, much larger plant some 3 miles away was severely affected.

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    dams, dam, flood, Flood, Uttarakhand, India, glacier
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