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India: 14 Dead, 102 Missing in Glacial Lake Burst Amid Heavy Rain

14 killed, 102, including 22 soldiers, missing in northeast India as heavy rain triggers glacial lake burst and flash floods. Approximately 22,000 people are affected. This disaster is linked to climate change, part of a series of extreme weather events in the region.A combo satellite image shows pre and post scenario of the outburst of the south Lhonak lake that triggered a flash flood in the Teesta river basin in Sikkim. Photo: PTI

Search and rescue operations are challenging due to ongoing rains, fast-flowing rivers, and damaged infrastructure.A flood affected locality at Singtam, in Gangtok district, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. Photo: PTI

A cloudburst over Lhonak glacial lake caused flash floods in the Teesta valley, near the China border. 26 injured, 11 bridges washed away.Flooded Teesta river in north Sikkim, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023. Photo: PTI

More rain expected, leading to landslide and flight disruptions. Other mountainous areas in India, Pakistan, and Nepal have also seen deadly floods and landslides recently, attributed to climate change.

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