Gilgit-Baltistan:Three Killed in Glacier collapse in Gojal

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Gilgit (ET):At least three people were killed when a glacier collapsed over them in Gilgit Baltistan on Tuesday.

The deceased were a part of a caravan which was headed towards Gojal Valley, when the incident happened.

The locals of the area tried to rescue them but failed to do so.

Three people also sustained injuries in the incident and were moved to a nearby hospital.

The locals said that the people who died were employees of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).

Pakistan is at a greater risk of “massive floods” due to the melting of glaciers up north. The situation needs to be thoroughly assessed, before it gets too late.

Automatic monitoring stations have been set up at only two of the 5,320 glaciers in Gilgit-Baltistan, at least 10 stations are required to monitor the overall situation of the melting glaciers.

Experts believe that the fast melting of glaciers combined with the heavy monsoon rains caused last year’s massive floods that affected around 20 million people and destroyed 1.6 million homes.

The floods inundated up to one-fifth of the country over several weeks as the floodwater swept down Indus River.

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