Climate Change Alert: Himachal heading towards Uttarakhand-like disaster

Increased vulnerability of Himachal to climate change has posed the threat of Uttarakhand like disaster. In 2013, bursting of a small lake in front of Chorabari glacier coupled with heavy rainfall had wreaked havoc in Uttarakhand. Of all 249 glacial lakes, 11 have been identified as having high potential for breach. Mountain environment of Himachal is very sensitive and highly vulnerable to the vagaries of the climate induced changes in the micro as well as macro environment which has been witnessed in the form of cloud bursts, flash floods due to one or other reason, glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), retreating glaciers, changing snowfall patterns and the increasing avalanche vulnerability over the Himalayan region. Read at ~ Economic Times

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