Threat warning of glacial outburst for Golain valley of Chitral issued
Statesman Report
PESHAWAR: Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has issued warning to Golain valley in Lower Chitral district of glacial outburst from Ashpar glacier.
According to a notification issued by PDMA, a GLOF-II (Glacial Lake Outburst Flood) members team visited the Jam Ashpar Glacier of Golain Valley and reported that three big lakes and almost seven small lakes were visible through naked eyes.
As the glacier is breaking down continuously and cracks are visible in the moraine which can possibly be a sign of a larger sub glacial lake.
Consequent upon it, Directer Regional Meteorological Center Peshawar, keeping in view the expected increase in temperature followed by likely rain on Wednesday (June 24) in Golain Valley, has issued an alert of risk of GLOF event in the valley.
It is therefore requested to all to take necessary precautionary measures and to advise local community to remain alert in order to avoid any untoward incident, reports APP.
In July 2019, flood hit several villages in Golen Gol area of Chitral district after a glacial lake burst its banks overnight, toppling electricity poles and inundating roads and farmlands, officials from the Rescue 1122 and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said.
The glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) occurred after the Jam Ashpar glacier – a favourite destination of the tourists to Chitral – exploded overnight. Because of the flood, five bridges and the Azghor valley road were washed away.
This was the first GLOF since 2015, when a similar incident killed at least three people and caused extensive damage to property and infrastructure and affected more than a quarter of a million in Chitral.