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Pakistan’s Hassanabad bridge collapses as water from melting glacier causes flood amid heatwave | Video

The Hassanabad Bridge in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region collapsed due to floods over the weekend. The glacier is reportedly melting due to the heat that led to the floods.

Pakistan’s Hassanabad bridge collapses as water from melting glacier causes flood. (Screengrab)

The historic Hassanabad Bridge in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region was destroyed on Saturday due to flood water from a glacial lake. The bridge which stood on the Karakoram Highway was swept away by floodwaters of the Shishper glacier located near Mount Shishpar in the northern part of Pakistan.

It is reported that the glacier is melting due to the heat which is leading to a rise in water level, causing floods.

A video shared by Pakistan’s Federal Minister Climate Change and Senator Sherry Rehman, shows dramatic visuals of the bridge crumbling and falling away as water levels rise. People standing close to the bridge are asked to move away as the bridge is swept away. WATCH

She wrote: “A few days ago the Ministry of Climate Change had warned that Pakistan’s vulnerability is high due to high temps. Hassanabad Bridge on the KKH collapsed due to glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) from the melting Shisper glacier, which caused erosion under pillars. Am told FWO will have a temporary bridge up in 48 hours.”

In another tweet, she said, “At the same time, many such areas are vulnerable up in the north, especially GB, KP. Pakistan has the highest number of glaciers outside the polar region and many are losing mass due to high global temperatures. We need global leaders to reduce emissions, walk the talk.”

The floods in the region have stranded thousands of locals and tourists.

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