Tue. Jan 21st, 2020

Climate change threatens disaster in Gilgit-Baltistan

Mountain communities in northern Pakistan’s Ghizer district face growing threats from floods, landslides and earthquakes, says the first report on the vulnerability of the region (Photo by Yodod)

Mountain communities in northern Pakistan’s Ghizer district face growing threats from floods, landslides and earthquakes, says the first report on the vulnerability of the region (Photo by Yodod)
Mountain communities in northern Pakistan’s Ghizer district face growing threats from floods, landslides and earthquakes, says the first report on the vulnerability of the region (Photo by Yodod)

PEER MUHAMMAD

Floods, GLOFs (glacial lake outburst flood), rock sliding, avalanches, land slips, earthquakes… that’s the list of natural disasters threatening Ghizer district in Pakistan’s Himalayan region of Gilgit-Baltistan as the effects of climate change slowly take root.

All three geographic zones of the district, located in the western edge of Gilgit-Baltistan, are prone to hydro-meteorological hazards during spring, summer and winter, says a report jointly prepared by the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP), National Disaster Management Authority  (NDMA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The report, the first such on the district comprising the Phander, Yasin, Gupis, and Ishkomen valleys, was prepared after meticulous field exercises and the collection of secondary data.

Complete at: The Third Pole

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