Natural disasters.

The inhabitants of Hushé Valley often have to suffer all kinds of natural disasters and their consequences. We want to provide society with knowledge and training so that they can cope with these disasters.

The risk of natural disasters in the Hushé Valley has increased considerably in recent years, due to its orography (an area located in the Karakorum mountain range with the highest concentration of glaciers outside the polar circles) and the effects of climate change.

In  Hushé Valley, different types of natural disasters have been recorded, ranging from floods, rockfalls and earthquakes to droughts, unusual monsoons and GLOF (glacial lake flooding). The most devastating disasters were the Khande GLOF in 2000; the Talis floods in 2010; and the Talis GLOF in 2011, resulting in deaths and destruction of houses and fields. The consequences of all these natural disasters on the population are devastating, as they not only kill human beings but also destroy their homes and their only means of subsistence.

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In Baltistan Fundazioa we work in partnership with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society to increase the resilience of the people of Hushé Valley to these natural disasters. The population is being trained in first aid, mountain rescue, causes and effects of climate change, among others. In addition, a team of geologists from the UPV-EHU is carrying out a study of risk areas with the aim of providing the population with all the information and tools necessary to prevent and deal with natural disasters in the future.