Early warning system installed in Tsho-Rolpa

Early warning system installed in Tsho-Rolpa

May 20, 2015-

The risk of Tsho-Rolpa glacial lake in Dolakha bursting and flooding the settlements downstream has been further heightened by the April 25 Great Earthquake and its powerful aftershock on May 12. Considering this danger, an advanced early warning system has been installed in the area of the lake.

The new and advanced early warning system was installed after the April 25 quake damaged the information system in Singati area.

The new system will alert the authorities and communities nearby about the possible outburst of the glacial lake situated at an altitude of 4,580 metres.

Sandip Shah, Nepal director of Statkraft SF, said that the early warning system was installed jointly by Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, UNDP and Himal Power Limited in the lake area and nearby Na village.

The new system includes a sensor which will automatically send message to mobile phones when the water level flowing from the lake rises. In case of other possible dangers, a siren at Kirne Power House will go off, giving the villagers time to evacuate their homes and find safety.

Thousands of people living in Dolakha, Ramechhap and Sindhuli district will be affected in case the glacial lake bursts. The potential glacial lake outburst flood will also affect some Tarai districts.

Published: 21-05-2015 08:43

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