An artificial lake in
Zanskar subdivision of Kargil suddenly burst on Thursday, threatening villages
downstream. The water from the lake, which was formed after a landslide blocked
Phuktal river, crossed Ichar village and was about to reach Padum which is the
subdivisional headquarter of Zanskar, reports said.
People residing downstream are anxiously watching the deadly flood and according to officials a few suspension bridges have been washed away from Lungnak River.
Reports said that authorities have shifted people from several villages downstream to safety. While they claim that there will be no loss of, damage to property is expected.
The lake is approximately 10 km long and situated almost 90 km from the Padam. The area is very remote and there is no road connectivity.
The river was frozen when the lake was formed in December and officials had warned that it could burst once ice and snow melt.