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Hydro-Power Projects Damaged in Himalayan Glacial Burst

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Photo source: The Indian Express

On February 7th, a glacial lake outburst in Uttarakhand that washed away two hydropower projects: Rishiganga and Tapovan. Both of these were under construction. Around 150 people, mostly labourers working on these projects, have gone missing. Search operations are still going on and it has caused massive destruction. After the 2013 cloud burst and deluge in the Uttarakhand, experts had warned about building dams in this region. However, the officials have completely ignored these opinions and continue to push such projects. This appears to be only the beginning and this experts anticipate more such disasters occurring. More news stories related to this disaster are available below.

Uttarakhand glacier burst LIVE Updates: 26 bodies recovered, 171 missing; rescue operations underway

Uttarakhand Disaster: Over 300 km from Joshimath in Chamoli, ripples of alarm in Himachal’s Lahaul and Spiti

A river dammed, is a river damned: Bhagirathi river, Uttarakhand, India

Uttarakhand flood: Raini villagers had raised alarm before HC around 2 years ago

Uttarakhand floods: Glacier bursts in winter ‘next to impossible’, say defence scientists

The risky business of large hydropower dams

Hazard from Himalayan glacier lake outburst floods




  1. Rita Frances Monias says:

    Plans for hydroelectric dam projects should always consider potential dangers that can cause emergencies such as this; weather, soil, depth and width of the river system, etc, etc, etc.