Glacial lake outburst flood destroys Hassanabad bridge linking Pakistan and China

hassanbad bridge destroyed by glof may 2022

A glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) from the Shishaper Glacier in Pakistan swept away the Hassanabad Bridge in Hunza on the Karakoram Highway linking Pakistan and China. The event took place on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Hunza Superintendent of Police (SP) Zahoor Ahmed said the glacier had started melting on Saturday due to heat and caused a flood that damaged the bridge and rendered it unusable for traffic.

Ahmed said tourists and residents had been provided alternate routes through Ganish and Murtazabad.

According to information from the Chief Secretary’s office, the supply of provisions and fuel to the tourists was also being ensured along with rehabilitation and rations for the affected families.

The office added that two power plants in Hassanabad were also swept away by the flood.

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Shishper Glacier outburst sweeps away bridge in Hassanabad area of Hunza – Dawn – May 7, 2022

Featured image credit: Tourist Police Gilgit-Baltistan

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