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China condoles deaths in Uttarakhand flood, hopes for early rescue of missing people

The flash flood in the Alaknanda river system, after a glacier broke off in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, triggered widespread panic and devastation in the high mountain areas.

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Beijing: China on Monday conveyed its condolences and sympathy to the families of the bereaved and the injured in the glacier burst in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district.

A portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday, triggering an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system that washed away hydroelectric stations, leaving at 11 people dead and over 200 missing who are feared dead.

We have noted that northern India had a massive flood. We want to express our condolences to the victims and sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a media briefing here.

We hope the missing people will be rescued at an early date,” he said in response to a question.

The sudden flood in the middle of the day in the Dhauli Ganga, Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda rivers — all intricately linked tributaries of the Ganga — triggered widespread panic and large-scale devastation in the high mountain areas.

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