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Villagers 'living between life and death' as Pakistan's glaciers melt

Pakistan is home to more than 7,200 glaciers - more than any other non-polar country. Image: REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

Peer Muhammed

Journalist, Reuters

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Trekkers and porters hike down the Baltoro glacier in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan September 7, 2014. Geographically, Pakistan is a climbers paradise. It rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 meters and is home to the world's second tallest mountain, K2, as well as four of the world's 14 summits higher than 8,000 meters. In more peaceful times, northern Pakistan's unspoilt beauty was a major tourist draw but the potentially lucrative industry has been blighted by years of violence. The number of expeditions has dwindled, wrecking communities dependant on climbing for income and starving Pakistan's suffering economy of much-needed dollars. Picture taken September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay    (PAKISTAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TRAVEL) ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE 31 OF 32 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY 'K2 - THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN' SEARCH 'RATTAY K2' FOR ALL IMAGES
Image: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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