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UNDRO 85/0596
ARGENTINA - GLACIER THREAT
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
15 MARCH 1985

1. UNDRO/UNDP RESREP ADVISED ON 14 MARCH 85 POTENTIAL BREAK OF 540 METER-THICK GLACIER IN RIO PLOMO, MENDOZA PROVINCE WHICH RECENTLY ALSO STRUCK BY EARTHQUAKE. ACTUAL BREAK WOULD RESULT IN FLOODING IMPORTANT INDUSTRIAL AND POPULATED AREAS AND HAVE DRAMATIC CONSEQUENCES FOR WATER SUPPLY OF ESTIMATED 500,000 PEOPLE.

2. AT REQUEST OF GOVERNMENT RESREP ASKED UNDRO ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING AND, IF POSSIBLE, IMMEDIATE FIELDING OF GLACIER MOVEMENT CONTROL EXPERT.