Zanskar residents fear flood due to formation of artificial lake on Phutkal river
People in Zanskar region in Kargil are deeply worried over the formation of an artificial lake on Phutkal river, which was formed after a landslide in the mountianeaous region in the district. Landslide has blocked the flow of the river which lead to the formation of a lake, and it also has blocked the path to the Zanskar valley. The locals are fearing that with summers coming more water will be collected in the lake as snow melts, and this could lead to a flood. They now want the government to take action as soon as possible to ensure that neighbouring villages do not get inundated. The residents fear that if timely action is not taken then a Kashmir like situation could emerge in the Zanskar valley. If the water melts then there could be floods in low lying areas, and reports said that local authorities have sent a missive to the Union Cabinet secretary regarding the formation of lake.
Meanwhile, the union government has formed a panel to visit the spot, and to form a strategy to avert disaster. It is to be noted that a massive deluge had lead to great loss of life, and property in Kashmir valley last year, and the people affected by the flood have not been able to recover completely after the disaster. Besides a number of fatalities, business and industry particularly tourism had suffered badly because of the breach in river Jehlum which lead to inundation of entire Srinagar. The water in some places in the city touched the third floor of the tall buildings, and the government functioning was almost paralyzed. Similar scenes were observed in Jammu where large number of people were killed due to landslides, and rainfall which also lead to destruction of infrastructure, and property particularly in hilly regions. The people in Zanskar as such do not want to get caught on the wrong foot and thus are demanding immediate action on part of the government. It is important that the government looks into the situation before it turns into a disaster like it happened in Kashmir, and Jammu.