LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Indian police launched a search performance Sunday after a portion of a mountain glacier broke, delivering a huge flooding of water and debris split into two dams and damaging numerous houses. At least eight people were killed and 140 were overlooking.

The flooding was caused when a part of Nanda Devi glacier broke off at Tapovan region of the northern state of Uttarakhand on Sunday morning. A movie shared by officials and shot in the side of steep hillside indicates a wall of water surging into among those dams and splitting it into pieces with minimal immunity before continuing into roar downstream.

Both are around the Alaknanda River, which flows from the northeast hills into the Ganges River.

Pandey said at least 16 employees were trapped close to a tube in the Dhauliganga job. Another 140 employees at both plants were lost, ” he explained.

Surjeet Singh, a police officer, said nine bodies have been recovered up to now amid intensified rescue operations.

Ravi Bejaria, a government spokesman, said some homes were damaged in the flood.

Officials stated when the glacier broke it shipped water trapped as well as sand and other debris sinking down the mountain into other types of water.

Authorities emptied two dams farther down the river to halt the flood waters from hitting cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, where popular tourist places around the banks of the Ganges River were closed and all boating activities were ceased.

Uttarakhand police leader Ashok Kumar stated officials promptly alerted citizens residing in the region and evacuated them to safer areas.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a tweet stated that he was”continuously monitoring the unlucky circumstance.” He added:”India stands Uttarakhand and also the state prays for everybody’s security there.”

In 2013, tens of thousands of people were murdered in Uttarakhand after heavy rains triggered landslides and floods, washing thousands of roads and houses and cutting on communication links in many portions of the nation.