Indian village clings to hope after dam burst kills 32


More than 30 people are believed dead and 200 missing three days after a burst glacier triggered a flood in the Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.

The sudden surge of water and upstream debris in the Chamoli district on Sunday washed away a dam and left 35 workers trapped in a 2-kilometer tunnel.

Military and disaster relief officials have been working round-the-clock in a desperate rescue operation.

At least 32 people have been confirmed dead and about 200 are missing following the flood, Piyoosh Rautela, executive director of Uttarakhand’s Disaster Mitigation and Management Center, told Arab News on Wednesday.

Rautela said that thick layers of mud and debris are hampering operations to free the trapped workers “and the chances of people surviving are slim.”

Most of those killed or missing were working on the dam’s hydropower or in construction projects.