A massive flood along the Hunza River in northern Pakistan has destroyed a bridge and dozens of buildings.
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.
Glacier Lake Outburst Flood occurred at Sheeshpar, Hassanabad with a reported discharge of 10,000 cusecs. Consequently, KKH Bridge got washed away. Tourists are advised to use alternate routes and avoid this area. Rehab Efforts in progress Pl contact 05813920100/02
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— Khalid Saleem (@khalidvonsaleem) May 7, 2022
The light transport/traffic has been diverted to alternate route on SAS Valley Road but heavy transport vehicles are not allowed.
For further information dial 1422. pic.twitter.com/9eeqBUzRuH
— Tourist Police Gilgit-Baltistan (@GBPolice1422) May 7, 2022
Climate change is a great threat in the current times.These visuals from Hassanabad, Hunza Gilgit-Baltistan are disturbing. Our prayers for affectees of glacier outburst flooding. Concerned authorities should take urgent action. #ClimateChange #ClimateAction pic.twitter.com/vAuVtwj7n6
— Absa Komal (@AbsaKomal) May 8, 2022
— Khurram Zubair ☭ (@khurramm_zubair) May 8, 2022
Heatwave triggered Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) in Gilgit Baltistan destroying agricultural land, the Hassan Abad bridge & sweeping houses along. Pakistan meteorological department forecasts more GLOF events in the norther areas particularly in Chitral. #ClimateChange pic.twitter.com/O56NHKCMI7
— Iftikhar Firdous (@IftikharFirdous) May 7, 2022
— PAMIR TIMES ® (@pamirtimes) May 7, 2022
A few days ago @ClimateChangePK had warned that Pakistan’s vulnerability is high due to high temps. Hassanabad bridge on the KKH collapsed due to GLOF from the melting Shisper glacier which caused erosion under pillars. Am told FWO will have a temporary bridge up in 48 hours. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/Sjl9QIMI0G
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) May 7, 2022