Around 6,000 people have been evacuated following a landslide in Tibet that blocked the flow of one of the region’s key rivers, China’s emergency services said Thursday.

A barrier lake was formed on the Yarlung Tsangpo, the headwater of India’s Brahmaputra River, following the Wednesday morning collapse of a cliff in the deep valley through which the river flows, the local emergency response bureau said in a report carried by state media.

In this image taken from video footage run on Thursday, Oct 18, 2018, by China’s CCTV via AP Video, a view of the landslide and barrier lake is seen on Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet in western China. Thousands of people have been evacuated following a landslide in Tibet that blocked the flow of one of the region’s key rivers, China’s emergency services said Thursday. Headlines in Chinese reads: “Oct. 17 footage provided by firefighter” “around 6,000 people evacuated.” (CCTV via AP Video)

No deaths or injuries have been reported and the bureau said China has been keeping India updated on the blockage, which could potentially affect water levels in lower regions.

This image taken from video footage run on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 by China’s CCTV via AP Video, shows a landslide and barrier lake on Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet in western China. Thousands of people have been evacuated following a landslide in Tibet that blocked the flow of one of the region’s key rivers, China’s emergency services said Thursday. Headlines in Chinese reads: “Oct. 17 footage provided by firefighter” “natural disaster emergency protocol activated.”(CCTV via AP Video)

The landslide struck near a village in Menling County and water in the lake had risen to a height of 40 meters (131 feet) by Thursday, the bureau said.

In this image from video footage run on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, by China’s CCTV via AP Video, emergency response team prepare to deploy after a landslide formed a barrier lake on Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet in western China. Thousands of people have been evacuated following a landslide in Tibet that blocked the flow of one of the region’s key rivers, China’s emergency services said Thursday. Yellow headline in Chinese reads: “Formed 300 meters by 200 meters barrier.” (CCTV via AP Video)

With its towering peaks and glaciers, Tibet is the source of numerous Asian rivers, adding to China’s strategic influence over its southern neighbors. Fast rising temperatures have caused those glaciers to melt at an increasing pace, throwing a shadow over future water resources for China and other Asian nations.

Source: The Associated Press

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