Sat. Jul 4th, 2020

GLOF blocks Kurumbar River, forming a lake in Ishkoman Valley

Aerial view of one of the flooded villages

Gilgit/Ishkoman: A Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) in Badswat Valley of Tehsil Ishkoman, District Ghizer, has blocked the flow of Karumbar River, forming a lake, which has submerged 12 houses, and destroyed a stretch of the road.

The Karumbar Valley river has started overflowing again, but the stored water looks like a lake, drawing comparisons with the Attabad lake formed in 2010 after a massive landslide.

Efforts to transport aid items to the affected region are hindered by the destruction of the road, while fear of a potential flood that might be caused if the lake’s barrier breaks has also increased among the people living downstream.

A house surrounded by water after the flood
A view of the flooded valley
The road has been washed away by the flood
Aerial view of the lake which can be seen draining
The Badswat Glacier from which the GLOF occurred
Flooded village
The GLOF

 

Photos: Deedar Karim

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