NEW DELHI, 7 Feb – RIA Novosti. Russian citizens were not injured in the descent of a glacier in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, the Russian Embassy in India said.
“There has been no information about the injured, killed or missing Russian citizens. The embassy is in contact with the state interior ministry,” the embassy said.
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A glacier from Mount Nandadevi drifted down the mountainous Himalayan rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga on Sunday morning and caused flooding in the highlands of the state. The disaster struck the dams of the Rishi Ganga and Dhauli Ganga hydroelectric power stations under construction, destroying one of them.
In response to the flooding, Uttarakhand authorities evacuated residents of villages located on the banks of the river below the hydroelectric power plant, and dams in the cities of Srinagar, Rishikesh and Haridwar carried out an emergency discharge of water to prevent further damage.
According to the Chief Minister of the State of Trivendra Singh Rawat, at the moment the bodies of seven dead have been found, 125 people are considered missing, this number may grow.
At the same time, earlier the representative of the Indo-Tibetan border police S.S. Desval said rescuers found the bodies of 10 dead.