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Possible Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Inundates Pakistan Valley

KATHMANDU

A lake near the Machuhar glacier had burst its banks on May 30, causing a flood that submerged farms, the local power plant and part of the Karakoram Highway in the Hunza Valley, high up in the Hindu Kush Himalayas. Was this a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF), where the failure of an unstable natural dam releases meltwater from a glacier? The question is complicated by the Karakoram Anomaly, which describes the advance of glaciers in the region in contrast to the retreat of other glaciers in the Himalayas and globally. Expert opinion is divided.

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