Pakistan – Massive Floods Destroy Bridge in Gilgit-Baltistan

A massive flood along the Hunza River in northern Pakistan has destroyed a bridge and dozens of buildings.

A bridge was destroyed by a Glacier Lake Outburst Flood in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, 07 May 2022. Photo: Tourist Police Gilgit-Baltistan

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) of Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan Region reported Glacier Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) from the Shishper glacier on 07 May 2022. Local observers said the flood was caused by recent warmer weather. Senator Sherry Rehman, Federal Minister for Climate Change in Pakistan, said her government department had warned of an increased vulnerability due to the recent high temperatures.

Police in the area said flooding destroyed a bridge in Hassanabad, Hunza, severely disrupting traffic along the along the Karakoram Highway. PDMA later reported an alternate route had opened for light traffic, bypassing the affected. Rehabilitation work had started at site to restore road connectivity and alternate arrangements for power are being made, PDMA said.

Bridge destroyed by GLOF in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan May 2022 – Tourist Police Gilgit-Baltistan

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