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Hydropower plants partly blamed for deadly India floods: Study

Published on Apr 30, 2014 6:33 PM
 
Indian Hindu pilgrims and villagers make their way across a landslide caused by overnight rains as they walk through Govindghat following flash floods in northern Uttarakhand state, on June 30, 2013. Hydropower projects in northern India were partly to blame for devastating floods last year that killed thousands, a government report has concluded, in a warning to other Himalayan nations investing in the alternative energy source. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Hydropower projects in northern India were partly to blame for devastating floods last year that killed thousands, a government report has concluded, in a warning to other Himalayan nations investing in the alternative energy source.

Floods and landslides caused by early monsoon rains tore through the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand last June, leaving more than 5,500 people dead or missing, and destroying villages and towns.

The world's second most populous country has turned to hydropower projects in the Himalayas for electricity as it seeks to curb its reliance on coal-fed plants as well as reducing its crippling power shortages.

Pakistan, China, Bhutan and Nepal are also eyeing expansion of hydropower in the Himalayan range to varying degrees, often in ecologically fragile areas.

 
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