Melting Glaciers Threaten Villagers Existence In Gilgit-Baltistan
BADSWAT: When a glacial lake burst in Gilgit-Baltistan in July, Sher Baz observed weakly as the waters cleared away his family home. 

Inhabitants of Badswat town, which lies in the Ishkoman valley at the foot of the Hindu Kush mountain range’s snow-topped pinnacles, were helpless before the blaze surge that stole away homes, streets and extensions, and also yields and woods. 

“Thank God we are alive, but everything we owned was washed away by the floods when the glacial lake burst,” said Baz, a 30-year old father of four.

Despite the fact that there are a few glaciers close Badswat town, inhabitants said this was the primary glacial upheaval in living memory. The experts said the opportune departure of villagers implied no one had passed on. Baz said the occasion had abandoned him feeling stranded. 

“Surrounded by mountains and muddy water, it seems we are living between life and death,” he said. 

Pakistan has a greater number of glaciers than some other nation outside the polar region…more than 7,200 in the Karakoram, Himalayan and Hindu Kush ranges, as per the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD). 

They feed the Indus River framework, the nation’s water help. However, information assembled in the course of the most recent 50 years demonstrates that everything except around 120 of the glaciers display indications of dissolving, because of rising temperatures, meteorological authorities said. 

As the glaciers melts, they abandon lakes upheld by ice dams or collections of shake and soil. Naturally flimsy, these dams frequently burst, sending colossal volumes of water hurrying into the towns beneath them. 

“With glaciers liquefying quicker than previously, we feel more defenseless and it appears as though we are under steady danger of a cataclysmic event,” said another villager Shakoor Baig. 

While he is accustomed to adapting to surges, the 45-year-old agriculturist said he had not seen anything on this scale. 

Baig, who lost his home, harvests and fields, joined about 1,000 inhabitants in Badswat town who were emptied to higher ground, where some are living in transitory sanctuaries. 

Caught between mountains, retreating waters and harmed streets, furnishing occupants with enough nourishment and tents has been troublesome, said nearby alleviation aggregate the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, which worked with the Army to air-drop help.

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