Drama in the Karakoram

[BPSDB] A drama, largely unnoticed in the rest of the world, has been going on in the Hunza valley, in the beautiful and terrible mountains of northern Pakistan. In January, a large landslide in January killed about 20 people, cut off the Karakoram Highway between Pakistan and China, and blocked the Hunza river, creating a large lake which has been steadily growing in size.

Pakistan Army engineers have been trying to create a spillway to drain the lake, but overtopping of the natural dam seems imminent. There is a danger that the dam may give way, creating a flood that will threaten tens of thousands of people living downstream. The situation is made more dangerous by further rock falls and the summer melting of the snow on the mountains.

A number of bloggers have been covering events, including Dave Petley of Durham University: here and here.


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