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Climate change and its impact in Bhutan

November 21, 2017
The main source of water in Bhutan is mainly from the glacier lakes and melting snow. Due to climate change, most of the glaciers are receding at faster rate with increasing temperature thus forming supra Glacier Lake. The melting ice from these receding glaciers is increasing the volume of water in glacial lakes, and the melting of ice-cored dams is destabilizing them, pushing the hazard risk for Glacial Lake Outburst Floods to critical levels and thus posing danger to the downstream agriculture fields and consequently leading to food insecurity. Further, GLOF also poses threat to public infrastructure damages and other property damages which may lead to poverty in the region.
The photographs represent magnificent Jomolhari mountain which is one of the main sources of Pachhu which runs through Paro valley. The Pachhu is the one of main sources of water used for irrigation. Therefore, there will be great destruction and impact in this valley if the glaciers keeps on receding at the same or faster phase of the present time.
There are also the risk of avalanche at the Soe village which is located at the base of Jomolhari and other mountains. Seeing all those risks, it is the duty of every country to work on combating the climate change to save every individual and to save the planet.
  • The magnificent Jomolhari Mountain (front view)which is snow capped and the melting show and receding glaciers are the main sources of Pachhu River which is running through the Paro valley.
    Jomolhari, Thimphu Bhutan
  • The Jomolhari mountain from the other side
    Jomolhari, Thimphu Bhutan
  • The Soe valley located at the base of Jomolhari mountain and other mountains nearby is risky and poses threats from avalanche and GLOFs due to receding glaciers at alarming rate.
    Soe village, Thimphu Bhutan Bhutan
  • some of the mitigation and resilient solution put in place by the Government Authority at Jomolhari base camp for flood protection
    Jomolhari base camp Bhutan
  • This is Paro ,where the Pachhu runs through middle of this valley. The main source of Pachhu is the melting snow and glacier lake of Jomolhari and other nearby mountains. People here mainly depends on Agriculture and water is the necessity. Thus, If anything happens in the Jomohari mountain regions due to climate change, these valleys will be directly affected and other downstream users.
    Paro valley Bhutan