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Uttarakhand Risk of Glacial Floods: Man-made injury to Himalayas … Nearly one-third of Uttarakhand’s tehsils are at risk of glacial floods

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Uttarakhand Risk of Glacial Floods: The surrounding areas of the Himalayas are considered by the Hindus to be the land where the gods roam. Experts warn that the recent floods in Uttarakhand are just the beginning. If it continues like this, one-third of Devbhoomi in Uttarakhand will be in danger.

The team of scientists said that there are about 5,000 glaciers towards India in the Himalayan mountain ranges. Of these, more than 500 glaciers in Uttarakhand are feared to melt at any time and flood Uttarakhand.

Experts have issued early warnings that 26 talukas, especially in Uttarakhand, are at risk of flooding due to the glaciers, including Bhatjwadi, Joshimath and Dharchula. He said that global warming is increasing with the changes taking place in the climate day by day. According to a report, these lakes are causing catastrophic flooding as a result of climate change. Similar icewater pools increased by 48% between 1990-2018, according to a report in the journal Nature.

Amarnath, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Char Dham and Manasarovar are some of the popular tourist destinations in the Himalayan region that attract millions of tourists every year. Accommodation is being set up there, along with vehicular traffic and deforestation. Hydropower projects being built on rivers there have pushed the Himalayas into the abyss of pollution. Studies show that global warming increased from 0.4 degrees Celsius to 1.4 degrees Celsius, especially in the Himalayas between 2000 and 2016. In Uttarakhand alone, the government has sanctioned more than 70 hydropower plants to generate 10,000 MW of electricity. All these together are causing many disasters in nature.

“Everyone has a responsibility to protect the land of the gods and the mountains of the Himalayas. If the government still responds and imposes a ban on pollutants there, Uttarakhand will be threatened,” he said.

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