India glacier disaster: In a warming world, is there no less lethal a way to power development?

On Sunday morning, 7 Feb, as most of the working class in India’s Himalayan state of Uttarakhand went about their chores, the glacier-fed Rishi Ganga river started rising.
Two hours later, swollen with rock debris and snowmelt, its waters rose 53 feet — the height equivalent of a five-storey building.
The Dehradun-based Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), part of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), estimates that approximately 2 to 3 million cubic metres of water was released in the surrounding rivers.
As the brown-grey, monstrous body of water crashed down the steep river path, hilltop residents first to see it lost no time. Mothers called their sons working on the construction of the 480 MW Tapovan-Vishnugad hydro-power project and dam and urged them to flee.
“Flee for your mother’s sake”, they pleaded. Several people on high ground recorded the disaster, posting it immediately as an alert on social media. Frantic shouts from brothers and friends to those in harm’s way to “climb up somewhere, anywhere,” echoed down into the valley and saved lives.
But not everyone’s.
Even before the echoes of their calls had died down the water mass had smashed through the construction of the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydro-power project and the functional 13.2 MW Rishiganga project as if they were Legos.
It swept 30 workers into the dam’s 1,500-metre tunnel and carried others downstream.
Rescue workers entered the muddy waters, waded in knee-deep muck and searched for bodies stuck in…. Read more: https://tinyurl.com/y9dvo8jc
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