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Saturday, 04 June 2016 - 13:14
Nepal seeks to drain glacial lake at Everest
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Nepali soldiers have kicked off efforts to partially drain a giant glacial lake near Mount Everest, fearing possible flooding that could threaten the lives of thousands, an army official says.

Scientists say climate change is causing Himalayan glaciers to melt at an alarming rate, creating huge glacial lakes which could burst their banks and devastate mountain communities.

Imja Tsho, located at an altitude of 5 010m just 10km south of the world's highest peak, is the fastest-growing glacial lake in Nepal.

The surface area covered by the lake expanded from 0.4 to 1.01km² between 1984 and 2009, triggering concerns that it may breach its banks and flood villages downstream.

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