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Watch: Dramatic video of Pakistan’s historic Hassanabad Bridge collapse

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New Delhi, May 11: The historic Hassanabad bridge in Pakistan collapsed on Saturday after a heatwave caused a glacial leak and released large amounts of water into a stream.

    Pakistan's Hassanabad bridge collapses as heatwave melts glacier causing floods | Oneindia News
    Watch: Dramatic video of Pakistan’s historic Hassanabad Bridge collapse

    The bridge in Gilgit Baltistan region was swept by the floodwaters stranding thousands of locals and tourists. No injuries were reported. Pakistan' Federal Minister Climate Change and Senator Sherry Rehman shared a video which showed the dramatic collapse of the bridge.

    A few days ago
    @ClimateChangePK
    had warned that Pakistan's vulnerability is high due to high temps. Hassanabad bridge on the KKH collapsed due to GLOF from the melting Shisper glacier which caused erosion under pillars. Am told FWO will have a temporary bridge up in 48 hours, she said in a tweet.

    At the same time many such areas are vulnerable up in the north, especially GB, KP. Pakistan has the highest number of glaciers outside the polar region and many are losing mass due to high global temperatures. We need global leaders to reduce emissions, walk the talk, she said in another tweet.

    Pakistan this year recorded its hottest April in decades with Kacobabad touching a high of 49 degree Celsius. Officials had also informed that glacial floods even swept away two hydropower projects, submerged houses, agriculture land and water supply channels.

    The local authorities have said that a temporary bridge would be installed soon in order to restore traffic movement.

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