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Thousands Flee Indian River Flood

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 05/06/27; June 27, 2005.]

Associated Press in New Delhi
June 27, 2005
The Guardian

A river in northern India has burst its banks, wrecking houses and bridges, sweeping away communications lines and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes, officials and news reports said yesterday. No casualties were reported.

The level of the Parichhu river - which flows from Tibet through the Himalayas and into the state of Himachal Pradesh in India - rose by 12 to 15 metres (40 to 50 feet) in some places, the chief secretary of Himachal Pradesh, SS Parmar, was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India.

In New Delhi India's home secretary, VK Duggal, said five bridges had been washed away and roads, communication and power lines and homes along the river had suffered damage.

At least 4,500 people had been evacuated, he said.

"We have already alerted the downstream areas. Most of the people have been evacuated. We don't fear damage to life but there has been damage to property," Amandeep Garg, the administrator of Kinnaur district, told the private NDTV news channel.

The Indian army, border police and airforce helicopters were reported to be on standby. The Parichhu overflowed after water levels in an artificial lake grew too high due to seasonal rains, PTI reported.


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