Indian flood toll up to 77 as waters recede

As the waters recede, the Indian flood toll rises to 77.

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Authorities in Gujarat, India announced on Sunday that at least 77 people had been confirmed dead as a result of the northeastern floods, and thousands more were still cut off despite the waters receding.

On Wednesday, a high-altitude glacial lake suddenly burst, sending violent torrents crashing into Sikkim state.

As global temperatures rise and ice melts, prompted by climate change, scientists issue a warning that similar catastrophes will pose an increasing threat to the Himalayas.

Anilraj Rai, the state’s chief of relief, told AFP over the phone that 29 bodies had been found in various locations throughout Sikkim.

Another 48 bodies had been found, according to Jalpaiguri district police in West Bengal, a neighboring state.

Official statistics show that more than 100 people are still missing.

Four days after the floods, the Teesta River’s water levels” returned to normal ,” according to a Sikkim state disaster control room official.

According to the office, more than 2,500 flood-stranded individuals were saved.

However, the destruction of roads, bridges, and telephone lines throughout much of Sikkim has made evacuations more difficult.

According to the office, airlift rescues were delayed by bad weather, leaving an additional 3, 000 people stranded in a number of relief camps in the state’s north.

The state government reports that the floods caused damage to more than 1,200 homes.

Eight Indian army soldiers who were stationed in Sikkim, which has a sizable military presence and is located on India’s remote border with Nepal and China, were among the dead.

The floods had” washed away”” firearms and explosives” from military camps, according to a statement from India’s defense ministry on Saturday.

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According to local media reports from Friday, a mortar shell that exploded while passing through West Bengal’s flood waters left two people dead and four others injured.

The high-altitude Lhonak Lake, which is surrounded by peaks that are home to Kangchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world, burst due to intense rainfall.

A dam was damaged, houses were swept away, and water was powered downstream, adding to a river that was already swollen by monsoon rains.

According to the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development ( ICIMOD ) research team, climate change is causing Himalayan glaciers to melt more quickly than ever, exposing communities to costly and unpredictable disasters.

Climate change is the primary cause, ICIMOD’s Arun Bhakta Shrestha told AFP on Thursday. Flood events resembling those caused by glacial lake outbursts are very likely.

Since pre-industrial times, the average surface temperature of the Earth has increased by almost 1.2 degrees Celsius, but high-mountain regions have warmed twice as quickly, according to climate scientists.

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