Gilgit Baltistan [PoK]January 15 (ANI): Two lakes burst their banks in the Tangir Valley of Diamer in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), completely destroying four houses and about 400,000 people, Dawn reports. The house was partially damaged.
According to locals, the eruption was triggered by a sudden avalanche on the lakes of Gizar and Rabal on Saturday morning.
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The lake’s high flow caused the open channel to flood, causing disaster downstream.
However, according to official reports, there were no casualties on the Dawn.
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Under the supervision of Diamer Deputy Commissioner Fayyaz Ahmed, the district administration delivered relief items to the affected population, including food, water, coats, blankets, tents and other essentials.
Nearly all parts of the UK have experienced persistent snowfall and freezing temperatures below 0°C over the past week. It was -6°C in Astorre and -5°C in Skardu on Saturday, according to the weather service.
Meanwhile, as climate change affects ecosystems, the threat of GB lake bursts has increased recently as glaciers in the region are melting faster than before, reports Dawn.
Rapid melting of glaciers in the Himalayas, Hindu Kush and Karakoram ranges has created thousands of glacial lakes in the northern regions of the country.
In May 2021, a lake burst from the Shisper Glacier washed away Hunza’s iconic Hassanabad Bridge on the Karakoram Highway.
The construction of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam in Pakistan, the world’s largest RCC dam on the Indus River, has alarmed residents of Gilgit-Baltistan and revived the issue of environmental degradation, according to a report by an international forum Rights and Security (IFFRAS).
Pakistan’s dam models have come under scrutiny in light of recent floods in the country, the report said. “The country needs to find alternative models that are both economically viable and environmentally friendly without causing too much displacement and poverty.”
The report said that the dam is located in an earthquake-prone area, so it has aroused great concern from the citizens as they will have to face the consequences of the dam construction, while the benefits of the dam will benefit the residents of Punjab and Sindh provinces.
Although Islamabad has been pushing for the development of the dam, recent floods in Pakistan have led to a need to review the project and build it in a more scientific manner to minimize its adverse effects, such as loss of livelihoods. (Arnie)
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