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Uttarakhand’s Furious Himalayan Flood Could Bury India’s Hydropower Program
Uttarakhand’s Furious Himalayan Flood Could Bury India’s Hydropower Program
 

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Like packs of wild dogs clamoring for blood, floodwaters tore down the steep slopes of Uttarakhand's Himalayan valleys in June 2013. They bounded out of the river channels and lashed at everything in their path. Villages disappeared. The rivers clawed at the banks and bluffs, causing over 100 landslides that brought down or damaged more than 1,000 kilometers of highways and caused an unknown number of hotels, homes, shops, and government buildings to fall into the torrent. Though government and science institute estimates differ, perhaps 30,000 people died. The flood also wrecked 10 hydropower projects and may have buried India's program of hydro development, one of the world's most ambitious. In the first chapter of our new Choke Point: India project, Circle of Blue reports from the front lines of India's worst flood in its history.

Also join us for a live feed at 9 a.m. this morning from the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., where Circle of Blue's senior editor and chief correspondent Keith Schneider will present the findings from the Uttarakhand flood and from other energy development zones in India. He will be joined by experts from the Wilson Center's Asia Program, Columbia Water Center, and the World Bank.



 
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