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Tibet lake develops tail
Prashant Sood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10
With no concrete information about “limited blast” by China for controlled release of lake water on the Satluj tributary, officials monitoring the threat of flood today assessed the situation in the light of the latest satellite pictures which show the lake having developed a “tail.”

Officials feel the tail of the lake may help in slowing down the spillover and in distributing the impact of any burst. While dimensions of the “tail” are not known yet, it is not considered “big.” Estimates by officials put the lake’s length at 1.9 km and width at one km.

Officials said Satluj had not seen a marked increase in its level in the past 24 hours. “This indicates that either limited blast has not taken place or it is not working,” a senior official said.

Enquiries reveal that China has not been very forthcoming with information about posers on the status of the lake. However, it has assured India of giving immediate information if a breach takes place in the lake. China has not so far given clearance to a technical team from India to visit the lake site.

Officials are also looking at the possibility of the lake not bursting due to strength of boulders holding it. They said that threat of flood will be considerably reduced when climate changes and temperature falls in the lake area.

Referring to media reports, officials said that water was accumulating in the lake due to melting of snow in higher reaches of Tibet and not due to rainfall in surrounding areas. “Like Lahaul-Spiti, the lake is in a rainshadow area,” the official said.

The Centre’s core group, comprising officials of Army, Air Force, HP government besides ministries of Home, Defence and External Affairs is likely to meet tomorrow to review the situation. Officials of the Central Water Commission and Survey of India will also meet to estimate the quantity of water in the lake.

HP government officials denied reports that the NJPC units had been closed due to threat of floods. They said the units had been closed due to silt flow in the project and production was being gradually restored. “We have sufficient time to close the units in case of a flood,” a senior official said.


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