Kargil land­slide dams river

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - A LAND­SLIDE DOWN TO EARTH

in the Kargil re­gion of Jammu and Kash­mir cre­ated a pile of de­bris on Phutkal river, block­ing its course and re­sult­ing in ac­cu­mu­la­tion of wa­ter. With the snow melt sea­son round the cor­ner, the Cen­tre, fear­ing flash floods, is plan­ning to blast the de­bris to cre­ate a chan­nel for flow of wa­ter. This was pro­posed at a meet­ing chaired by Union min­is­ter of state for home af­fairs, Kiren Ri­jiju, to as­sess the risks posed by the land­slide. The length of the ar­ti­fi­cial lake is 15 kilo­me­tres, hav­ing ap­prox­i­mately 24 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of wa­ter.

HA­MON JP

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