Why we need climate action to avert glacial lake outburst floods in Bhutan

Bhutan's Baytsho, Raphstreng and Thorthomi glacial lakes climate change melting

Bhutan’s Thorthomi and Raphstreng glacial lakes are under threat of outburst due to climate change. Image: UNDP

Kanni Wignaraja
Assistant Secretary-General, UN, Director, UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
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Glaciologist Karma warns of the threat of a 'tsunami in the sky' causing another glacial lake outburst flood. Image: UNDP

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Eight-year-old Chimi’s message goes on to say: “In the near future, we may not see glaciers and snow on the mountains, beautiful glacial lakes and Lunaps (residents of Lunana) in this place. Image: UNDP

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