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September 19th, 2011
Pakistan Seeks to Track Flood Risk from Melting Glaciers

Pakistan is expanding its network of glacier monitoring stations in the Himalayas, in an effort to improve understanding of glacier melt and provide better warning of floods. But some experts say it’s not happening fast enough, as the country continues to be hit by disasters. Massive flooding in mid-2010 affected some 20 million people and destroyed 1.6 million homes in the South Asian nation. The floods – which inundated up to one-fifth of the country over several weeks as water swept down the Indus River from north to south – were caused by a combination of glacier melt and heavy monsoon rains. Read More