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In Photos: Sinkhole Drains Freshwater Stream in J&K; Trout Population Dwindles

Since 11 February, the water has been flowing into the sinkhole, leaving the downstream portion dry.

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A vertical sinkhole that developed in the middle of a river bed has drained a freshwater stream in Kashmir's Anantnag district, leaving the downstream dry and killing famed trout in large numbers.

The sinkhole developed in the Brengi stream at Wandevalgam village of Kokernag in Anantnag district, around 80 km south of Srinagar, which has disrupted the entire flow of the stream.

Officials told NDTV on Friday, 18 February, that the sinkhole is a naturally-occuring geological event and there is no cause for panic or worry.

Since 11 February, the water has been flowing into the sinkhole which has led to large-scale death of the trout population, especially brown and wild trout.

Since 11 February, the water has been flowing into the sinkhole, leaving the downstream portion dry.

A man shows dead trout in Bangi river in Kashmir

(Photo: Muneeb Ul Islam/The Quint)

Since 11 February, the water has been flowing into the sinkhole, leaving the downstream portion dry.

A man hold dead trout in his hands

(Photo: Muneeb Ul Islam/The Quint)

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The Deputy Commisioner of Anantnag district, Piyush Singla, said that scientists are investigating the event.

"While one intervention available was to immediately fill the sinkhole and divert the stream, however, given that sinkholes are naturally occurring geological events and pose no immediate danger, it was decided to investigate into the event scientifically and ensure that the intervention is scientifically rational and is not counterproductive," He was quoted as saying by NDTV.

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    Men resting near the sinkhole.

    (Photo: (Photo: Muneeb Ul Islam/The Quint)

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    A notice prohibiting entry near the stream area.

    (Photo: Muneeb Ul Islam/The Quint)

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    Dead trout fish in the river.

    (Photo: Muneeb Ul Islam/The Quint)

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    Located in the South Kashmir, Bringi Nallah is the source of several springs in the area.

    (Photo: Muneeb Ul Islam/The Quint)

Singla added that the underlying cavern is about 100 meters deep long downstream. He added that detailed studies have shown that at the site of sinkhole, the underlying rock formation in the area is soluble limestone (Triassic limestone).

"Dissolution over long periods creates cavities in the rocks and these may cave in gradually or suddenly," he said.

Since 11 February, the water has been flowing into the sinkhole, leaving the downstream portion dry.

Bringi Nallah in Kokernag

(Photo: Muneeb Ul Islam/The Quint)

Since 11 February, the water has been flowing into the sinkhole, leaving the downstream portion dry.

People walk on dried stream towards the site of the sinkhole.

(Photo: Muneeb Ul Islam/The Quint)

The sinkhole has left the downstream portion dry, and has caused panic among the locals who fear that there will not be sufficient water for agriculture in the coming months.

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