Flash floods destroyed one of the main bridges in the North Pakistanwhich has raised alarms about glacier lake flooding due to rising temperatures in the country.
A vital bridge in Hassanabad, northern Pakistan, was swept away by floods on May 7. Videos of the bridge being swept away by floods were still circulating on social media days later.
The cause of the flood that swept down this large bridge was due to broken glacier lake.
The amount of water at the Shisper glacial lake has increased by 40% in the past 20 days due to the sudden and unusually high temperature rise in the north of the country.
Pakistan recorded its hottest April in decades with temperatures in Jacobabad hitting 49 degrees Celsius.
According to officials, the rapidly melting glaciers have created more than 3,000 glacial lakes in the northern region of Pakistan and 33 others may break soon.
Large amounts of water from glacial lakes discharge into streams and surrounding areas become especially hazardous.
In Hassanabad, local authorities helped the affected people and made sure that people were not trapped due to flood.
“A compact bridge will be temporarily installed to restore traffic,” National Highways Authority President Muhammad Khurram Agha told Gulf News.
The construction of a permanent bridge to replace the one that was swept away by the flood is expected to take 7-8 months. Officials confirmed there were no casualties.