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A fiery river of glowing lava flows on the north-east side of the Mt Etna volcano engulfed with ashes and smoke near Milo, Sicily. Europe's most active volcano has been steadily erupting since last week, belching smoke, ash, and fountains of red-hot lava.

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Rescue and restoration work underway at Tapovan tunnel, after a glacier burst on Feb. 7 triggered a flash flood, in Chamoli district.

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Smoke billows from the Mt Etna volcano as seen from Giarre, Sicily. Europe's most active volcano remains active scattering ashes around a vastly populated area on its slopes.

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Lava spews during an eruption of Mt. Etna volcano, near Catania in Sicily, southern Italy.

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Smoke fills the sky as Mt. Etna volcano erupts, near Catania in Sicily, southern Italy. This is the fifth episode in a series of Mt. Etna eruptions which have been occurring over the past week.

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Smoke fills the sky during an eruption of Mt. Etna volcano, near Catania in Sicily, southern Italy.

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Smoke fills the sky during an eruption of Mt. Etna volcano, near Catania in Sicily, southern Italy. This is the fifth episode in a series of Mt. Etna eruptions which have been occurring over the past week.

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Lava flows from the Mt Etna volcano, near Catania in Sicily, southern Italy.

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Lava flows from the Mt Etna volcano, near Catania in Sicily, southern Italy.

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Lava flows from the Mt Etna volcano, near Catania in Sicily, southern Italy.

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Lava flows down from the crater of the Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, in Alotenango, Guatemala.

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Lava flows down from the crater of the Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, in Alotenango, Guatemala. Disaster coordination authorities say the volcano has increased its activity in the last hours, covering nearby towns with ash.

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Family members of Rakesh Kapoor, who died in the Chamoli disaster, mourn after his body was brough at his residence in Palampur.

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Volunteers prepare food for rescuers and those affected by flash floods triggered by a glacier burst on Feb. 7 in Joshimath, at Badagaon in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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A man walks on the bridge, built by army engineers near Raini village, in the aftermath of a glacier burst in Uttarakhand's Joshimath that triggered a flash flood, in Chamoli district.

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The washed away Tapovan hydel power project plant after Feb. 7 glacier burst, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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BRO workers engaged in building a valley bridge at Raini village, after Feb. 7 glacier burst, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Restoration works underway at Rishi Ganga power project following the Feb 7 glacier burst that triggered a massive flash flood, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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BRO personnel carry out rescue and restoration work at Raini village, a week after the glacier burst at Joshimath which triggered a massive flash flood, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Residents walk on the bridge, built by army engineers near Raini village, in the aftermath of a glacier burst in Uttarakhand's Joshimath that triggered a flash flood, in Chamoli district.

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A man walks on the bridge, built by army engineers near Raini village, in the aftermath of a glacier burst in Uttarakhand's Joshimath that triggered a flash flood, in Chamoli district.

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SDRF personnel during a rescue operation in an area affected by the recent flash floods triggered by a glacier burst, in Chamoli district.

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Water level Alarming system instilled by SDRF at Raini village near Raini village, in the aftermath of a glacier burst in Uttarakhand's Joshimath that triggered a flash flood in Chamoli district.

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A landslide caused by a strong earthquake covers a circuit course in Nihonmatsu city, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. The strong earthquake shook the quake-prone areas of Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures late Saturday, setting off landslides and causing power blackouts for thousands of people.

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Villagers cross a river in an aerial cableway, a week after glacier burst on Feb. 7 in Joshimath triggered a flash flood, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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ITBP personnel carry out rescue and restoration work at Raini village, a week after glacier burst on Feb. 7 in Joshimath triggered a flash flood, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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A dog walks near the damaged Tapovan tunnel as army personnel carry out rescue and restoration work, in the aftermath of a glacier burst in Uttarakhand's Joshimath that triggered a flash flood in Chamoli district. As per locals, since the disaster on Feb. 7, the dog has been whining day and night and hasnt left the site, searching and waiting for her three puppies, who are most likely buried in the debris.

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Ration and essential items being carried by ITBP personnel to Suki, Lata and Bhalgaun villages, which are cut off due to the flash flood in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Ration and essential items being distributed by ITBP personnel to Suki, Lata and Bhalgaun villages, which are cut off due to the flash flood in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Locals assisting in rescue and restoration work rest at Raini village, after a glacier burst on Feb. 7 in Joshimath triggered a flash flood in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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A relative stands near the mortal remains of Rishi Ganga hydro power project GM, Basharat Zargar, who died after a glacier burst in Joshimath triggered a flash flood, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Flash floods on Feb. 7 washed away Tapovan hydel project and claimed over 30 lives with several persons still missing.

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Lella Devi, who is six months pregnant shows medicines after receiving relief material from authorities, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Flash floods due to a glacier burst on Feb. 7 at Joshimath have washed away Tapovan hydel project and claimed over 30 lives with several persons still missing.

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Family members of Jay Kishan, a worker with flood-ravaged Tapovan- Vishnugad hydel power project of Uttarakhand, who has been missing since Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath, at their residence in Mirzapur.

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A helicoper being used for transportation of men, material & heavy loads towards rescue operations in flood-hit Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Flash floods due to a glacier burst on Feb. 7 at Joshimath have washed away Tapovan hydel project and claimed over 30 lives with several persons still missing.

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Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya visits the damaged Tapovan hydel project tunnel to take the stock of the situation, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Rescue operations are still underway in Chamoli district where flash floods in the Alaknanda river system caused widespread destruction on Sunday.

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A shoe lies in the debris near the Tapovan hydel project tunnel, following Sunday's glacier burst at Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel carry out search and rescue operation near the damaged Tapovan hydel project tunnel, after Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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A local villager on contract, carrying out rescue and restoration work near Raini village, looks on at the damage caused by Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Local villagers on contract carry out rescue and restoration work near Raini village, Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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An IIT technician flies a drone to survey and map the damage near Raini village, after Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Debris of the damaged Rishiganga Power Plant near Raini village, after Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Log sheets of a power plant lie over the debris near Raini village, after Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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A local villager on contract carries out rescue and restoration work near Raini village, after Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Border Road Organization (BRO) personnel carry out rescue and restoration works at Raini village, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath which caused a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Border Road Organization (BRO) personnel carry out rescue and restoration works at Raini village, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath which caused a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue and restoration works being carried out, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath which caused a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue operations being carried out at Tapovan barrage, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath which caused a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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This photo provided by Maxar Technologies shows the under-construction Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower plant project in Tapovan, northern state of Uttarakhand. Hundreds of rescue workers were scouring muck-filled ravines and valleys in northern India on Tuesday looking for survivors after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off, unleashing a devastating flood that has left at least 31 people dead and 165 missing.

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Villagers watch the rescue operations carried at Tapovan barrage, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Family members and relatives of missing people get in a verbal spat with officials at a makeshift enquiry centre, near Tapovan Tunnel in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Rescue operations are still underway in Chamoli district where flash floods in the Alaknanda river system caused widespread destruction on Sunday.

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Muddy water flows into Alaknanda river two days after a part of a Himalayan glacier broke off sending a devastating flood downriver in Tapovan area of the northern state of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue workers and others stand next to a damaged road in Reni Village two days after a part of a Himalayan glacier broke off Sunday sending a devastating flood downriver in Tapovan area of the northern state of Uttarakhand.

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A aerial view of Tapovan barrage two days after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier snapped off, releasing water trapped behind it in Tapovan, northern state of Uttarakhand. Scientists are investigating what caused the glacier to break — possibly an avalanche or a release of accumulated water. Experts say climate change may be to blame since warming temperatures are shrinking glaciers and making them unstable worldwide.

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Rescue operations continue at Tapovan Tunnel, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue operations continue at Tapovan Tunnel, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand

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Rescue operations continue at Tapovan Tunnel, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue operations continue at Tapovan Tunnel, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue operations underway following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, near Raini village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand

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Rescue operations continue at Tapovan Tunnel, following the Sunday's glacier burst in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand

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Gadambari Devi shows her sister-in-law Amrita's photo who was washed away by the Sunday's flash flood following the glacier burst while they were working in a field, at Raini village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel clear debris after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier snapped off Sunday morning, releasing water trapped behind it in Tapovan, northern state of Uttarakhand.

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PWD workers install a trolley ropeway for villagers after collapse of a bridge over Dhauliganga River due to Sunday's glacier burst, in Chamoli district.

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Officials briefing the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat concerning the disaster in Raini village, after a glacier broke off at Joshimath in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue operations underway, after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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NDRF personnel carry the body of a victim who died in the massive floods caused after a glacier broke off in Joshimath in the Dhauli Ganga river, near Raini village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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NDRF personnel carry the body of a victim who died in the massive floods caused after a glacier broke off in Joshimath in the Dhauli Ganga river, near Raini village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel clear debris after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier snapped off Sunday morning, releasing water trapped behind it in Tapovan, northern state of Uttarakhand. It is still unclear what the exact cause is, but climate change is likely a factor, experts say.

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A view of the remains of Tapovan Hydro-Electric Power Dam that was swept away after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off Sunday sending a devastating flood downriver in Tapovan area of the northern state of Uttarakhand.

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A view of the remains of Tapovan Hydro-Electric Power Dam that was swept away after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off Sunday sending a devastating flood downriver in Tapovan area of the northern state of Uttarakhand.

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This photograph provided by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) shows NDRF personnel carry a dead body recovered from debris after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier snapped off Sunday morning, releasing water trapped behind it in Reni, northern state of Uttarakhand.

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Union Minister of State for Power Raj Kumar Singh visits the damaged Tapovan hydel project and nearby areas to take stock of situation, a day after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing massive flood in Dhauli Ganga River, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Activists of Socialist Unity Center of India (SUCI) light candles for the victims of flash flood in Uttarakhand, in Ahmedabad.

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Rescue operations underway at Tapovan Tunnel, after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat visits the damaged Tapovan hydel project and nearby areas to take stock of situation, a day after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing massive flood in Dhauli Ganga River, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue operations underway at Tapovan Tunnel, after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue operations underway at Tapovan Tunnel, after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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A hydro project vehicle is seen stuck in slash and mud at Reni village in the Tapovan area of ??Chamoli district, in Indian state of Uttrakhund. Rescuers were working to rescue more than three dozen power plant workers trapped in a tunnel after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off Sunday and sent a wall of water and debris rushing down the mountain.

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Rescue operations underway near Tapovan Tunnel, after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue operations underway at Tapovan Tunnel, after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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A vehicle stuck in the debris at the site of the Tapovan hydel project as rescue works undeway, a day after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing massive flood in Dhauli Ganga River, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue operations underway near Tapovan Tunnel, a day after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue operations underway near Tapovan Tunnel, a day after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank visits the damaged Tapovan hydel project and nearby areas to take stock of situation, a day after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing massive flood in Dhauli Ganga River, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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A vehicle stuck in the swamp at the site of the Tapovan hydel project as rescue works underway, a day after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing massive flood in Dhauli Ganga River, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue operations underway at Tapovan Tunnel, after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. More than 150 labourers working in a power project are missing.

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People look at the damaged Tapovan hydel project, a day after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing massive flood in Dhauli Ganga River, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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Rescue works underway, a day after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing massive flood in Dhauli Ganga River, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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The damaged Tapovan hydel project, a day after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing massive flood in Dhauli Ganga River, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand

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Rescue operations underway near Tapovan Tunnel, after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. More than 150 labourers working in a power project are missing.

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Rescuers leave on a boat to search for bodies in the downstream of Alaknanda River in Rudraprayag, northern state of Uttarakhand. More than 2,000 members of the military, paramilitary groups and police have been taking part in search-and-rescue operations after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off Sunday and sent a wall of water and debris rushing down the mountain.

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Rescuers search for bodies in the downstream of Alaknanda River in Rudraprayag, northern state of Uttarakhand. More than 2,000 members of the military, paramilitary groups and police have been taking part in search-and-rescue operations after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off Sunday and sent a wall of water and debris rushing down the mountain.

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Rescuers arrive to search for bodies in the downstream of Alaknanda River in Rudraprayag, northern state of Uttarakhand. More than 2,000 members of the military, paramilitary groups and police have been taking part in search-and-rescue operations after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off Sunday and sent a wall of water and debris rushing down the mountain.

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Rescuers prepare to search for bodies in the downstream of Alaknanda River in Rudraprayag, northern state of Uttarakhand. More than 2,000 members of the military, paramilitary groups and police have been taking part in search-and-rescue operations after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off Sunday and sent a wall of water and debris rushing down the mountain.

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Family members of the workers stuck inside the Tapovan Tunnel, after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. More than 150 labourers working in a power project are missing.

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Rescue operations underway near Tapovan Tunnel, after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. More than 150 labourers working in a power project are missing.

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More NDRF teams arrive at Joshimath after a glacier broke off causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli district.

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NDRF teams carry out rescue operations at tunnel, after a glacier broke off in Joshimath causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river, in Chamoli.

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This photograph provided by National Disaster Response Force shows NDRF personnel prepare to rescue workers at one of the hydro power project site at Reni village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Rescue efforts continued on to save 37 people after part of a glacier broke off, releasing a torrent of water and debris that slammed into two hydroelectric plants.

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This photograph provided by National Disaster Response Force shows NDRF personnel prepare to rescue workers at one of the hydropower project at Reni village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Rescue efforts continued on to save 37 people after part of a glacier broke off, releasing a torrent of water and debris that slammed into two hydroelectric plants

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Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel undertake rescue work at one of the hydropower project at Reni village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Rescue efforts continued on to save 37 people after part of a glacier broke off, releasing a torrent of water and debris that slammed into two hydroelectric plants.

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