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Widespread protests near Tehri

Residents are angry after increase in the dam’s water level led to landslides and subsequent house collapse

SUDDEN landslides near Tehri Dam in Uttarakhand have forced residents of nearly four dozen villages to launch an agitation against the Tehri Hydroelectric Development Corporation (THDC).

The corporation increased water level of the 35-km reservoir beyond 832 metres between September 18 and 20 before bringing it down. The sudden move made 45 “partially affected” villages vulnerable to landslides. [more]