Nepal’s army says it has finished drying dangerous glacial lakes near Mount Everest to a safe level.
Imja glacial lake, at nearly 5,000m (16,400ft) high, and was at risk of flooding downstream settlements,
trekking paths and bridges.
Officials say the lake, which was originally 149m deep in some places,
has had water levels lowered 3.4M after months of painstaking work.
Imja is one of thousands of glacial lakes in the Himalayas.
Many lakes and said to fill quickly because of the rapid pace of melting glaciers in the face of rising global temperatures.
Last year’s earthquake in Nepal and also increased fears of destabilization of Lake Imja stability.
The army said that the project to make it safe higher sewer project of its kind, with military personnel and Sherpas work for six months to build an outlet to release the water gradually.
After the port was built, and was released nearly four million cubic meters of water – the process took two months.
Upper Khatri said,
the project manager with the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology,
told the BBC that now that the other lakes process is applied.
“It was a pilot project finished without any mishap and now will be repeated this model to reduce risk in other glacial lakes as well,” Mr. Khatri said.
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