Not less than 2,000 folks have been evacuated on Friday after a large landslide in India’s ecologically fragile Himalayan north blocked a serious river, officers mentioned.
The folks have been evacuated from 13 villages within the Lahaul space of Himachal Pradesh state as a “preventative measure” in case of flash floods, a senior district official instructed AFP.
Tons of of tonnes of rocks and different particles slid into and partially blocked the Chenab — one of many greatest rivers within the area — blocking the circulation of water for just a few hours.
That is the second landslide to hit the northern state bordering Tibet this week.
On Wednesday 12 folks have been killed after a bus and different autos travelling on a street have been buried by rocks and dust.
Sixteen persons are nonetheless unaccounted for, in response to native media experiences. 13 others have been pulled out of the rubble.
Landslides are an everyday hazard within the area, notably within the monsoon season, however specialists say they’re turning into extra widespread.
Local weather change is making the monsoon extra erratic and melting glaciers, large chunks of which may break off.
Specialists additionally blame development work on hydroelectric dams and deforestation.
In February, a ferocious flash flood hurtled down a distant valley in neighbouring Uttarakhand state, killing round 200 folks.