Villagers ‘living between life and death’ as Pakistan’s glaciers melt

Villagers 'living between life and death' as Pakistan's glaciers meltBADSWAT: When a glacial lake burst in Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan province in July, Sher Baz watched helplessly as the waters swept away his family home.

Residents of Badswat village, which lies in Ishkoman valley at the foot of the Hindu Kush mountain range’s snow-capped peaks, were at the mercy of the flash flood that carried off homes, roads and bridges, as well as crops and forest.

“Thank God we are alive, but everything we owned was washed away by the floods when the glacial lake burst,” said Baz, a 30-year old father of four.

Although there are several glaciers near Badswat village, residents said this was the first glacial outburst in living memory. The authorities said the timely evacuation of villagers meant nobody had died.

Baz said the event had left him feeling stranded.

“Surrounded by mountains and muddy water, it seems we are living between life and death,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Source: Villagers ‘living between life and death’ as Pakistan’s glaciers melt


Author: ismailimail

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  1. My profound sympathy for all who are facing this disaster and pray they will find a better and safer place to rebuild their homes and receive support from many.


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