A bridge and standing crops were damaged by flash flooding in several villages in Ladakh on Sunday, where authorities raised the alarm after an eruption of an artificial lake led to a blockage of the Zanskar River, officials said.
Chief Executive Officer, District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Sonam Chosjor said there was an eruption of an artificial lake near Rumbak village on Saturday, blocking the Zanskar River and creating an artificial lake in the area.
Officials said the artificial lake caused early flooding on Sunday morning, damaging the Rumbak Bridge and spreading standing crops over a large area of the village and adjacent areas.
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However, there were no reports of any casualties, officials said, and rescue teams are on the scene.
The DDMA had issued a warning on Sunday evening, requesting senior officers, including chief engineer NHPC Nemo Basgo Project, subdivision magistrates of Liker and Khaltsi and the Ladakh emergency response force, to remain vigilant and prepared for flooding in the Indus River.
People living downstream from Nemoo were also asked to prepare for flooding in the river, officials said.
They said the road approaching Rumbak, Zingchen, Yurutse and Rumchung has been cut off from the main road.
Senior officers are monitoring the situation which is well under control, the officials said.