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Landslide in Lahaul-Spiti blocks Chenab river, villages downstream banks evacuated

The district administration is taking stock of the situation he said, adding that helicopter survey and deployment of NDRF team is underway.

Bhawani Negi | Shimla |

With no letup in incidents of landslides in Himachal Pradesh, yet another huge landslide on Friday, has blocked the flow of river Chenab near Nalda village in Lahaul-Spiti district.

While no loss of life and property has been reported so far, however there is looming threat to the human settlement downstream, as a natural dam has been created due to the collection of water.

Amid fears of flooding owing to the sudden burst of the natural dam, the people living along the banks of Chenab river downstream have been moved to safer places.

State Disaster Management Authority Director Sudesh Kumar Mokta said,” As per information received from local Panchyat Raj Institutions around 9:20 am, a massive landslide occurred near Nalda village that has obstructed the free flow of Chenab river.

There is only 10 to 15 percent water discharge and with apprehension of flooding downstream villages along the banks have been evacuated, he added.
As of now no loss of life or property has been reported in this incident, said Mokta.

The district administration is taking stock of the situation he said, adding that helicopter survey and deployment of NDRF team is underway.