Dobhi Tibetan settlement affected by flood; CTA yet to reach out

Kullu-Manali highway washed away during the flood in Beas River in Kullu district.

Kullu-Manali highway washed away during the flood in Beas River in Kullu district. HT Photo

By Lobsang Wangyal

McLEOD GANJ, India, 26 September 2018

Life has been disrupted in the nothern Indian states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Jammu and Kashmir due to incessant rainfall over the past few days.

Heavy rain triggered flash floods and landslides, severing over 200 road links in these states. Reports say at least 11 people have been killed and hundreds of tourists stranded in various parts of Himachal Pradesh.

The Dobhi Tibetan settlement in the worst-hit Kullu district has been badly affected by the flood as the water level of Beas River rose abnormally.

Residents at the settlement have been evacuated to safer places on Monday after the houses were submerged by the overflowing Beas.

At the time of posting this report, all the phone lines are dead and the electricity supply has been affected.

There are about 400 Tibetans living in the settlement. However at the moment most of the adults have left for their winter sweater business.

Tibet Sun has learned that people have started going back to the settlement after the evacuation, but Central Tibetan Administration is yet to reach out and to asesses the situation.

Dobhi settlement residents have always been concerned about their safety since the settlement is located right next to the river Beas, which overflows every monsoon season.

The nearby TCV School Patlikuhl was heavily flooded in 1995, causing heavy damage to the school property.

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