India's Glacier Disaster Highlights Himalayan Dangers
Muhammad Irfan 10 days ago Fri 19th February 2021 | 11:10 AM
Chamoli, India, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Feb, 2021 ) :Long before this month's deadly flash flood in a remote Indian Himalayan valley, Kundan Singh Rana knew that all the construction work in the fragile region would one day mean disaster.
"The rivers, mountains and trees are like our gods and any sacrilege will have consequences," Rana told AFP in his village, overlooking the hydroelectric project that was obliterated by what was believed to be a glacier collapse on February 7.
The anthropogenic impact includes the shrinking of glaciers in the Himalayas, one of the regions hardest hit by global warming.
This dammed up a small river high in the mountains until the mass of backed-up water broke through with awesome ferocity and speed.
The roaring deluge of water, rocks and soil hurtled down a V-shaped valley, sweeping away homes, roads and bridges as well as around 200 people, many of whom have still not been found almost two weeks on.