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Over 40 people killed in India floods


Fri 06 Oct 2023 | 09:00 AM
By Ahmad El-Assasy

Indian authorities announced on Friday that over 40 people have died in floods caused by a glacial lake burst in the Himalayas.

Scientists and government authorities were working on an early warning system for glacial lake floods in the Himalayas in northeastern India when its banks overflowed this week, resulting in deadly consequences.

The mountainous state of Sikkim witnessed a state of chaos on Wednesday after floods caused by heavy rains and glacier collapses resulted in the deaths of at least 40 people.

This was one of the worst disasters in the region in 50 years, and over 100 people remained missing as of Thursday.

Officials involved in the project told Reuters that the first part of the system, which consists of a camera to monitor the water level of Lake Lonak and weather instruments, was installed last month.

Scientists say that if the warning system is fully operational, it could provide people with more time to evacuate. One scientist stated that glacial early warning systems typically give residents a few minutes to an hour of notice.

Previously, no details have been reported about the specific warning system for Lake Lonak.