Special report on glacial lake outburst flood in Chitral, 21 July 2015



On the night falling between 15th & 16th July, and again on 19th July 2015, different parts of District Chitral were hit by Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF) which carried massive torrents and flash floods washing away villages, access roads, bridges, drinking water supply systems, public/private property and agricultural crops. This phenomenon is unusual; however, due to climate changes, districts in the north of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa i.e. Mansehra, Chitral, Battagram, Kohistan (U/L), Torghar, Shangla are prone to such incidents of GLOF and these districts have already been sensitized by NDMA & PDMA during various phases of monsoon contingency planning. In Chitral, 03 people have so far been reported as dead due to various incidents of houses collapse. The exact number of injuries cannot be ascertained due to inaccessibility of different affected areas. The rain spell is on and the district is expected to receive more rains in the days to come. A brief overview of damages reported till date is given as under:-