CNA Staff, Feb 10, 2021 / 15:39 pm
Pope Francis has voiced his prayers for the victims of a glacier-caused flash flood in India’s northern Uttarakhand state, as rescuers seek to save workers trapped in underground tunnels.
“I express my closeness to the victims of the calamity that happened in India where part of a glacier separated itself provoking violent flooding that devastated two power plants,” Pope Francis said on Twitter Feb. 10. “I pray for the workers who died, for their families and for all those who were wounded.”
Part of a Himalayan glacier and large rocks supporting it are believed to have broken off Raunthi peak, some 18,372 feet tall. The mass fell into a relatively narrow mountain stream at about 11,800 feet elevation. The obstructed stream then rose until its waters burst through the obstruction. The water and debris breached a dam downstream, causing massive floods, BBC News reports.
At least 32 people are dead and more than 170 missing. While a dozen workers trapped at a hydro power plant tunnel have been rescued, search efforts are ongoing, BBC News reports.