A red alert has been sounded in Ladakh’s villages downstream Nemoo following the bursting of an artificial lake near Rumbak that has blocked the flow of the Zanskar River and formed another artificial lake in the area posing threat to villages along the river.
A bridge and some roads in the Rumbak village area have been damaged due to the flash flood, said the police on Sunday.
Urgent relief measures have been undertaken by Leh’s district administration. Joint teams of revenue, engineering, police, and other concerned departments have reached the affected villages for immediate assessment and restoration of damages.
Additional District Magistrate, Leh, Sonam Chosjor had earlier warned that the artificial lake may burst anytime. He has flashed a message to the concerned officers to take precautionary measures as the artificial lake might burst anytime and cause flooding in the Indus River. Residents of villages downstream Nemoo have been asked to remain alert.
Army, ITBP, and police personnel have reached the affected villages and were helping people to cross the flooded river and shift to safe places.
Deputy Commissioner, Leh, along with SSP visited affected areas for on-spot assessment of damages due to flash floods in the Rumbak-Jingchen area.
Rescue teams of UTDRF are on job. Restoration of roads and water flow in Indus is currently underway.
A team of officers including Chief Engineer NHPC, SDM Liker, SDM Khaltsi, Tehsildar Leh are taking stock of the situation.