Press Release

Issued on: 21st June 2019 by Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs

On 20th June 2019, the Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Early Warning System station in Lunana recorded a rise in water level and reported the incident to the appropriate authorities. The rise in water level was due to breach of a subsidiary lake in Thorthormi. There are no significant impacts reported. Since the initial breach of the subsidiary lake, the water has remained at normal level.

The situation is being continuously monitored by the National Centre for Hydrology & Meteorology (NCHM) at Thanza lake-site station, Wangduephodrang and Thimphu Control Centres and by the Department of Disaster Management. Authorities concerned have held coordination meetings to consider precautionary measures. A special team of experts are visiting the lake site on 22nd June 2019 to make a rapid assessment of the lakes and the surrounding areas.

Based on information received from NCHM, updates are being provided to all relevant stakeholders.

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