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Three feared dead as dam bursts in Himachal Pradesh

Two securities guards were reportedly buried in the muck while a local resident was washed away

 
By Anupam Chakravartty
Last Updated: Thursday 19 November 2015

News reports suggest that at least three people have died after a pipe burst at the 100MW Sorang Hydroelectric project in Burang village of Bhabanagar sub-division of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.

Dam burst in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh (Photo: DestinationKinnaur/Facebook)

According to a report by Hindustan Times, two securities guards were reportedly buried in the muck on Wednesday while a local resident was washed away. Penstock pipes control the flow of water in a dam or a reservoir which are connected to the sluice gates of a dam. The gushing water also damaged the village path and the land adjoining the project, besides destroying some makeshift houses.

The local administration also rushed to the spot at midnight to take stock of the situation. SDM Nichar Neelam Dulta said efforts were on to rescue missing people.

“Relief material will be distributed to needy people today. Nothing can be said about the incident right now,” she said.

The villagers have demanded action against the project. In the wake of tense situation, police arrangements have also been made in the village.

An Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, TAQA, was working on this project, which was yet to be commissioned.

 

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  • A major accident on 19 November 2015 at 50 mw unit-II of Sorang Power Project in Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh has been reported by The Tribune on 20 November 2015. It has been reported that during commissioning of the said unit-II of the project, water was released which washed away three persons , injuring five persons at or near the site and damaging some houses in the nearby village. It can be imagined that more coverage of the mishap by news media may perhaps become available in coming days. This writer had , over a year past from the accident , predicted that during November and December 2015 , among others , Himachal Pradesh could likely be impacted in relation to major accident in a power dam. The intent of this writer was to alert the concerned for taking pre-emptive or precautionary steps in article – “ Months of substantial concern for India in next year 2015”- published last year on 23rd October 2014 in online magazine thesop.org. It seems the alert has come precisely accurate but perhaps it missed attention, being online.

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