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Emergency response activated as another barrier lake forms in landslide-hit Tibet

More than 6,000 residents have been evacuated as another barrier lake formed in Tibet as a result of landslide, near a village in Menling County of Nyingtri City along the Yarlung Tsangpo river.  Aerial Photo taken on Oct 18, 2018. (Photo courtesy: Xinhua/Phurbu)
More than 6,000 residents have been evacuated as another barrier lake formed in Tibet as a result of landslide, near a village in Menling County of Nyingtri City along the Yarlung Tsangpo river. Aerial Photo taken on Oct 18, 2018. (Photo courtesy: Xinhua/Phurbu)

(TibetanReview.net, Oct18, 2018) – More than 6,000 residents have been evacuated as another barrier lake formed in Tibet as a result of landslide, this time on Oct 17 morning near a village in Menling County of Nyingtri (Chinese: Lingzhi) City along the Yarlung Tsangpo river, reported China’s official Xinhua news agency Oct 17-18.

The report cited the Tibet Autonomous Region water resources department as saying the landslide struck during the early hours of the day, blocking the waterway.

The amounts of water in the lake was reported to have surpassed 300 million cubic meters, in the Sep 18 morning report, which was twice the volume by noon of the previous day.

Earlier, more than 24,600 residents of Tibet’s Chamdo (Qamdo or Changdu) City and nearby Tibetan areas in Sichuan Province had been evacuated by 6pm on Oct 12 due to fears of flood resulting from a barrier lake formed by a massive landslide which had blocked the Jinsha River, a tributary of the Yangtze River (Tibetan: Drichu). The landslide was reported to have struck at about 7:10 am on Oct 11 in Bolo Township of Jomda County, Qamdo City. No casualties had been reported.

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