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Glacier Melting event report

Category: Glacier Melting
Observation: 08.07.2008
Continent: Asia
Country: Pakistan
State: North-West Frontier
Severity: Moderate
Event details
The world is still ignoring the global warming phenomenon despite its widespread destructive environmental effects on the world food chain. Although the issue needs to be taken very seriously, practical efforts are required in the right direction to address the issue. The focus of the Environment Ministry and other stakeholders is limited to creating awareness by arranging conferences and seminars. Only a couple of months ago it was reported that many glaciers are melting, disturbing the ecological balance and affecting production level of various sectors. The recent alarming effect of the global warming was a burst of a glacier 80km north of Chitral which was totally unusual and unexpected. The glacier's water and rocks struck Sonoghur village after bursting and destroyed houses and crops in the area. It is one of the examples of climate change effects in Pakistan. Sonoghur village was inundated last year in June when the same glacier burst sweeping away 140 houses in the area but fortunately due to evacuation the damage was limited to crops this time. Abbas Ali Khan of Hunza, a resident of G-10, said Hunza Valley and other areas were witnessing unusual environmental changes which direly demands research. "I think it's due to effects of global warming," he added. He said last year a mountain called Brep burst in Yarkhoon Valley. The residents need help so the government should mobilise its channels to help them and proper research should be undertaken, he suggested.
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