Last summer, as I was in Halji to do research for my PhD, I witnessed a terrible flood. The flood was caused by the outburst of a glacial lake in the mountains above the village. The torrents of water washed away two houses, livestock, important infrastructure, and more than hundred fields. In addition, another hundred fields were covered by mud and debris and thus rendered useless. Some of the villagers lost almost everything and will have a hard time getting through the winter.
Due to global warming, the village has been harmed by several floods the last six years and it is urgent to get proper flood mitigation measures in place. I therefore decided to set up this website as part of my efforts to spread awareness about the threat from Glacial Lake Outburst Floods and gather support to protect the village.