April quake begins to drain Mustang lake

MUSTANG: Due to the destructive April 25 earthquake, water level in Dhumba Lake in Thini, Jomsom-9 is decreasing.

Water in the Lake is gradually leaking out through cracks made by the earthquake, locals said.

Local Narayan Prasad Thakali informed that the leakage has caused a fear among them that the Lake would disappear one day.

The locals said they tried various measures to stop the draining, but nothing worked.

The Lake, which also has a historical importance, is at an altitude of 2,840 metres. Mount Dhaulagiri and Tilicho Peaks can be viewed from this site.

Conservation of the Lake is imperative to promote tourism in the district, suggested the locals.

Bidur Bikram Kuinkel, Officer of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), informed that the ACAP would soon allocate some budget for its conservation.

Pradip Thakali, one of the locals, informed that they were planning to begin home stay for tourists in the region.

Yearly, more than 40,000 domestic and international tourists visit the district.