Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid has said that the melting of glaciers is increasing due to climate change in Gilgit-Baltistan, as a result, the number of glacial lakes has now tripled. Addressing the closing ceremony of the four-day training session, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Muhammad Khalid Khurshid said that work is underway on the Gulf II project to prevent any possible damage due to the sudden eruption of glacial lakes in Gilgit Baltistan.
He said Gilgit-Baltistan is experiencing climate change. Climate change in Gilgit-Baltistan is increasing the melting of glaciers, which has now led to increasing the number of glacial lakes to three times. Work is also underway to address the challenge of Shisper Glacier, as PMD had issued an alert for Glacial Lake outburst in Hassanabad, Hunza. The glacial lake at Hassan Abad Hunza GB is likely to erupt in Summer with rising temperature. PMD had recommended installing an automatic weather station at Hassan Abad.
Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid said that it is important to be aware of the danger before the disaster. We have to use modern technology in this regard. We will fight this global warming through tree planting. Jawad Ayaz, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, said that glaciers are melting due to climate change in the world. He said that Pakistan is badly affected by climate change. Pakistan is still one of the top ten countries worst affected by climate change. We’ve had a hard time getting the Golf project. The project will cost 36 million US dollars on the GLOF II project.
Due to glacial lake outbursts, the risk of flash floods has increased in Gilgit Baltistan. Gilgit Baltistan has experienced glacial lake outbursts in the past few years. In 2018 Badswat valley in GB was hit by a glacial lake outburst which formed an artificial lake and the road was blocked for several days.