Phutkal glacial lake, a looming disaster, says MLA Zanskar

KL Report


Member Legislative Assembly Zanskar constituency, Aga Syed Mohammed Baqir Rizvi has expressed his deep concern over the continued flood threat looming on the residents of Zanskar, due to the Phutkal glacial lake formation.

He said that the people of the area are concerned, as melting of snow has started, because of rise in temperatures. The temporary measures taken by the NDRF team so far, does not seem to have been very effective, as the discharge of the glacial lake has increased in the past few days, at an alarming rate. The residents of the area are very apprehensive.

He appreciated the role of Divisional and District Kargil Administration, particularly DC and SP Kargil. Aga was especially praiseworthy of the locals of the area, without whose support it would not have been possible to reach to the site, but he expressed concern that the impending disaster has the potential to cause extensive damage in the area, which may be beyond the coping capacity of the State as well as District Administration, despite their best efforts.

He urged the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed to urgently take up the issue once again with the Union Government, so that with the help of satellite images the situation is reassessed and experts are sent again to the location to ease out the situation and appropriate machinery is airlifted and deployed at the site and all possible measures are taken to ensure safety of each and every resident of the area, before the glacial lake causes any damage.

MLA also urged the administration to reassure the locals and ensure that basic needs of the people, who have shifted to safer locations, are taken care of.


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