A constant threatOne example is Lake Imja, a high altitude glacial lake near Mount Everest in the Himalayas, Nepal. The lake has been formed by the accelerated melt of the Imja glacier as a result of climate change. The continued glacial melt, bad weather, a landslide, or a seismic event (common in the area) could at any moment trigger the bursting of its swollen waters; releasing a violent 'Glacial Lake Outburst Flood' (GLOF). This poses a constant threat to the lives, livelihoods, and communities of the Sherpa villages situated along the flood route below. With a recent history in the area of other catastrophic Glacial Lake Outburst Floods the local people know all too well the constant threat that hangs over them.
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