by Claire Cozens
KATHMANDU, Dec 6, 2009 (AFP) - More
than a billion people in Asia depend on Himalayan glaciers for water, but
experts say they are melting at an alarming rate, threatening to bring
drought to large swathes of the continent.
Glaciers in the Himalayas, a 2,400-kilometre
(1,500-mile) range that sweeps through Pakistan, India, China, Nepal and
Bhutan, provide headwaters for Asia's nine largest rivers, lifelines for
the 1.3 billion people who live downstream.
But temperatures in the region have increased