Tuesday, May 18

How the US and India lost plutonium in the Himalayas while trying to spy on China (and the risks involved)

  • Soutik Biswas
  • BBC correspondent in India

Nanda Devi


The Nanda Devi, is the second highest peak in India and is close to the border with China.

For generations, the inhabitants of a village in the Indian part of the Himalayas have believed that nuclear devices are buried under the snow and rocks in the towering mountains around them.

Hence when a heavy flood affected the area in early February, the villagers they panicked and rumors spread that it was an “explosion” of these devices that had caused it.

In fact, scientists point to the glacier collapse as responsible for the alluvium in the state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayas, as a result of which more than 50 people died.

But the inhabitants of Raini, a mountain farming town, they don’t believe that version.


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