India should stop building dams in Himalayan region: Experts

A general view of an area near the Dhauliganga hydro power project at Reni village in Chamoli district, Uttrakhand, India, on Feb 8, 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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BANGALORE - A Himalayan glacier melted and the water surged in a sudden massive flood in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India on Sunday, demolishing two hydroelectric dam projects along the way, leaving over 202 people missing and at least 24 dead so far.

Experts were unsure about the exact cause of the disaster but noted environmentalist and the director of the People's Science Institute in Dehradun, Mr Ravi Chopra said it might be due to an avalanche.

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