Uttarkhand Flood are a warning! Himalayas are Melting

Uttarkhand Flood are a warning! Himalayas are Melting

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Floods in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on 7th February affected the lives of residents with 27+ dead and 170+ missing. These were caused by the melting of the Himalayan Glaciers. Considering that it is the winter season, it is certainly shocking that the glaciers are melting. It's high time to raise our voices on this issue. Only saying "Pray for Uttarakhand" won't make any difference.
We need to delve into what led to the flood, in order to develop a better understanding of the problem at hand. The Nanda-Devi Glacier on the Indo-Tibet border has melted. The possible reasons for the same could be an avalanche, irresponsible construction or climate change. Usually, Glaciers don't melt in winters but instead increase in size. Therefore the incidence of floods in February signifies the gravity of the issue. The Himalayan mountain range has more than 54000 glaciers which span over 8 countries. Himalayan glaciers provide drinking water to 1 out of 3 people and at least 130 crore people are directly dependent on them.
The Himalayan glaciers will meltdown if there is no change in our lifestyle and disasters like floods, landslides will be very common. The glacier's water meltdown will seep into the oceans and the oceans' water level will start rising and endangering our coastal cities. All these things are connected, resulting in us being trapped between melting glaciers and rising sea levels. Therefore, we might end up facing the disproportionate impact of climate change.
The Uttarakhand government had monetary compensation for the people impacted by the floods but we also need to look at other corrective measures. Infrastructure testing, that is the growth, should be sustainable by understanding the environmental impact of the projects. It will enable disaster management. One of the ways in which we could bring change would be responsible tourism. We should ensure the usage of trains for shorter distances for sensitive tourist places like the Himalayas, as according to Nasa, airplanes produce 25% extra emissions while taking off and landing. Also, we should use fewer plastics to reduce waste disposal in tourist places. The future will change with our small steps of change today.

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