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GLOF in remote Humla

Friday, July 1st, 2011
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Remote Humla district has once more been struck by a glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF), affecting barley crops and pastures in the village of Halji but there are no reports of human casualties.

A Norwegian eyewitness working for the Development Fund said the lake on the terminal moraine above Halji overflowed at 4pm on Thursday and raced down the Limi Valley. The lake had last burst in July 2006, also causing widespread damage.

Nepal Police was helping with relief and 100 households have been evacuated, but experts say there may be a need for food relief for Limi Valley for the coming winter. Halji is near the Tibet border and is the location of a 1000-year-old Buddhist monastery that is also threatened by the flood.

It is not clear whether the glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) was caused by the effects of climate change, heavy rains, or both.

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3 Responses to “GLOF in remote Humla”

  1. Abhishekh Adhikari on Says:

    It is sad that in our part of the world issues of climate change are very vague and cannot be categorically stated. The author of this article has been hesitant to call the incident a “climate change consequence”.

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