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Over 6,000 people evacuated following barrier lake formation in Tibet

Publish Time: 2018-10-19 Author: From: Xinhua
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Aerial photo taken on Oct. 18, 2018 shows the barrier lake on the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Menling County, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
Aerial photo taken on Oct. 18, 2018 shows the barrier lake on the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Menling County, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

LHASA, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- More than 6,000 people have been evacuated after a barrier lake formed following a landslide in the Yarlung Tsangpo River in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, local authorities said Thursday.

According to the local disaster relief headquarters, the landslide struck during the early hours of Wednesday near a village in Menling County, blocking the river's waterway.

The amounts of water in the lake has surpassed 300 million cubic meters. No casualties have been reported. Authorities in Tibet have launched an emergency response, monitoring the lake's water level, evacuating local residents and sending relief supplies to the disaster-hit areas.

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