Zee Media Bureau
Dehradun: After last month`s devastating floods and landslides, areas around Badrinath are facing a fresh threat – of a lake burst.
Authorities have issued an alert following a landslide close to the source of the Alaknanda river that has led to the creation of a 450-metre-long lake which could burst anytime and cause flooding in the river.
The lake, about 30 km from Badrinath, was formed after debris from the landslide created a blockage in the flow of the river.
Officials have however sought to allay fears saying since water was still finding its way through the blockage, there was no immediate danger to the areas downstream.
"We have issued an alert following instructions to this effect from the state Disaster Management and Mitigation department," an official said. A joint Army and ITBP team later did an aerial survey of glacial lake and found there was no reason for immediate alarm, he added.
Chief Minister Vijay Bahugana still convened a meeting of top officials to discuss the situation.
The alert has specifically been issued for areas in Badrinath, Mana, Pandukeshwar, Joshimath and Karnaprayag. The lake could also pose danger to the Badrinath shrine.
Meanwhile, heavy damage was reported from three villages in the state following a cloudburst in the Nailchami area of the Tehri Garhwal district in the wee hours of Friday.
Many houses were destroyed and a lot of land was washed away in the heavy rains that followed.
(With agency inputs)