Chandrabhaga River Bursts Open Reservoir In Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal, Disaster Averted

Chandrabhaga River Bursts Open Reservoir In Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal, Disaster Averted

Shimla, August 13 (TNA) The river Chandrabhaga has burst open the reservoir created by a hill slide blocking its course in the tribal Lahaul-Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh today morning, informed the state government official.

According to the district administration, the river flow of the Chandrabhaga river is about to reach normal level as 80 percent of the total normal water volume has already started flowing in the river.

This disaster occurred near Nalda village in Udaipur sub division of the district Lahaul-Spiti when a hill slid down dumping huge soil and debris blocking the river course, creating a huge water reservoir.

The district administration had evacuated all the villages downstream to avert the major disaster fearing huge water body formation with impounding of river water.

The Himachal Pradesh government held an emergency meeting chaired by the chief minister Jai Ram Thakur in Shimla today morning.

During the formation of the water reservoir 4 houses, 5 cowsheds and 30 bighas of land worth 53 lacs of two villages Tarang and Jasrat got damaged in the temporary dammed water.

Immediately after the meeting Chief Minister said that he had deputed a three person’s team comprising Tribal Development Minister Ram Lal, Chief Secretary of the state Ram Subhag Singh and state police Chief Sanjay Kundu to visit the site of the incident in the helicopter.

The district administration has deployed ITBP, state police and home guard jawans to monitor the situation. Meanwhile, the search operation in disaster struck Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh is in progress and 17 bodies have been retrieved till now by a joint team of Indian army, NDRF, ITBP and Himachal Pradesh, said Sudesh Mokhta, Director State Disaster Management Authority.

Yesterday morning sliding rocks had swept about half a dozen vehicles at Thach Nullah in tribal Kinnaur district leaving 17 people dead, 13 injured and about 13 people still missing.

-- Nagender Ranta/ Shimla

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