UNDP looks at Risk Reduction in the Himalayas and Impact of flash floods and GLOFs in the Sutlej basin

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This preparatory assessment is a compilation to understand the socio-economic impact of flash floods in the Sutlej basin and to explore community based risk reduction measures.

In the face of accelerated global warming, the glaciers in the Himalayan region are retreating at a high rate leading to accumulation of increasing amounts of water in mountain-top lakes. As glaciers retreat, glacial lakes form behind moraine or ice ‘dams’. Due to the instability of such ‘dams’, potential of sudden outbursts is extremely high. This phenomenon constituting a sudden discharge of a huge volume of water from such glacial lakes is known as Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs). This kind of discharge can cause catastrophic flooding with serious damage to life, property and infrastructure assets.

The Regional GLOF Reduction Initiative, supported by ECHO and UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, addresses the risks posed by GLOFs in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya region. The project aims to build on the capacity and knowledge of the communities living in the various flood basins. Its main objective is to strengthen the administrative structure to effectively reduce the impact of flash floods and GLOFs.

This preparatory assessment is a compilation to understand the socio-economic impact of flash floods in the Sutlej basin and to explore community based risk reduction measures. The methodology of collecting data for the preparatory assessment report included collecting data involving various developmental tools. An assessment team was constituted to understand the impact of flash floods and the coping mechanisms adopted by the communities.

New Concept was mandated to copy-edit, design and print the report.

Download: Risk Reduction in the Himalayas. Preparatory Assessment Study Report (Sutlej Basin-Himachal Pradesh, India)

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