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Sissu lake flood scare haunts villagers

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Photo courtesy: Neer Singh
Photo courtesy: Neer Singh

The residents of Sissu area in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh are facing a flood threat following the accumulation of glacier water which has exceeded the capacity of Sissu lake.

Sources told North India Times that the glaciers in the valley are melting at a fast speed this year which has flooded local streams.The Sissu lake which is located at an altitude of around 13000 ft (3130m) atop Sissu village.The lake is around 1.5 km long and nearly 30 metre deep.

“Untimely melting down of glaciers has increased the size of Sissu lake.The increased water volume has also expanded the lake . A flood threat looms large on us,” a Sissu resident said.

Sensing a flood danger, the district administration has decided to send a team to take stock of the situation .Any breach in the lake can wash out the parts of Sissu village besides the Manali-Leh road.

About Sissu Lake and village

Sissu lake,called Goldrop locally, is feeded by Sissu nullah and drains into the Chandra river. Sissu is also known as Khagling. It is a small village and is around 90 km from Manali.

Sissu also serves as a central place to Ropsang-Khangser-Gyungling, Gomathang, Yangling, Jagdang, Sarkhang, Shurthang and Labrang villages. Labrang village also has a buddhist Gompa called as Labrang Gompa dedicated to Palden Lhamo

Famous Gyephang peak is located in the backdrop of Sissu village. Lord Gyephang or Ghepan is the presiding deity of Lahaul,the protector of people.Sissu village also houses the temple of Lord Ghepan but it is not open to outsiders.

A little short of the village is the Sissu nullah which flows down a narrow gorge from tho Gyephang peak glaciers.

Across the river one can see the beautiful Sissu fall cascading over the cliff from the high valley between the two mountains. A suspension bridge over the river provides easy access to this picturesque fall.

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