Villagers fear landslides as chinas huge dam swells as fears for flood hit
The dam’s massive wooden foundation is seen as a natural barrier that would make a landslide possible
At least 23 people died when a landslide opened up a narrow gorge in Uttarakhand
‘Giant hole opened up in the gorge and created landslide’, reports BBC India correspondent, Ramesh Bhandari, who is also reporting from a village that witnessed the flood
The local authorities have been forced to evacuate people to protect their homes
A landslide opened up a narrow gorge and destroyed the houses of 23 people in the town of Bhojpur at around 5.45am.
By the time rescuers reached the spot, the river had suddenly spiked up about 10ft and was flowing out into a vast channel.
Water rose as high as 3-feet in the gorge.
Villagers feared they would lose everything if the dam fell in the village.
‘Our houses are now 영천안마under water and we cannot save our lives even if we go to the nearest hospital,’ said one villager.
‘In a few hours it will be water coming off the top of our houses and it will be very bad for us as we are close to the local temple.’
A second landslide opened up this side of the dam and forced people from their homes in the same area.
Many people, such as the elderly, have already been taken away from their homes.
A landslide opens up a narrow gorge that will cause massive flood and inundation of the village’s people
At least 23 people were killed when a landslide opened up a narrow gorge in Uttarakhand
Villagers had to evacuate their homes after the landslide blocked a narrow passageway leading to a temple, local media reported.
Many of the homes are now submerged and people are not able to find a way to get to safety.
‘A very small gap that could be used for drinking water has opened up and the dam has gone through the top. The lake behind the dam will not be completely covered,’ village official of Bhojpur told CNN-IBN.
Floodwaters have also started flowing and in several places, villagers are struggling to reach their homes.
A landslide opened up this side of the dam and forced people from their homes in the same area
Villagers were forced to evacuate their homes after the landslide blocke