Central Asia Floods Reawaken Glacier Anxieties

Near the towns of Barsem and Kolkhozod, villagers in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region gather at the edge of the swollen Gund River to watch floodwaters cut off roads and wash away homes on July 17. Abnormally high temperatures in Tajikistan are causing rapid snow and glacier melts, triggering mudflows, landslides and flash floods. (Photo: UN REACT)

Floods across Central Asia over this past week are highlighting the perils of failing to adopt robust water-management measures and put adequate early-warning systems in place. 

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Central Asia Floods Reawaken Glacier Anxieties

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