posted on Aug, 7 2004 @ 08:54 AM
A glacier lake measuring 23.5 miles long, 2,640 feet wide, and 99 feet deep has caused the evacuation of more than 12,000 people in India. Flash
floods of the other rivers and lakes are a concern for the Indian government. Eight villages were evacuated when a satellite showed the melting
glacier forming a lake.
NEW DELHI - Thousands have been evacuated from villages in a north Indian state bordering China following an alert that a melting glacier had formed
a gigantic lake in adjoining Tibet, officials told AFP.
"We have sounded a red alert in the border district of Sumdoh because if this artificial lake grows then it will flood our rivers," Himachal Pradesh
state government spokesman B.D. Sharma said by phone from the provincial capital, Shimla.
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China has conducted a controlled blast to try to stop the flow of the glacier from running into other lakes and rivers. People have been advised to
find safer, higher places as a precautionary measure.
It cannot be determined at this time if the Satluj river in India is still in danger of the overflow. It is uncertain if the controlled blast stopped
[edit on 8-7-2004 by Valhall]