The Hassanabad Bridge on the Karakoram Highway (KKH) in Pakistan collapsed on May 7 after a heat wave caused glacial ice to melt and flood the region, reports said.
Footage from Pamir Times reporter Ijlal Hussain captured the moment the bridge in the Hunza Valley village of Hassanabad was swept away by powerful overflow from the dammed Shishper Glacier lake.
An “abrupt temperature rise” in the northern areas of Pakistan triggered the glacial lake outburst flood, reports said.
A specialist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development told local media the center had recorded a 40 percent increase in the Shishper Glacier lake area over the 20 days leading up to the outburst.
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman said Pakistan has the highest number of glaciers outside the polar region.
The KKH, built in the 1960s and ’70s, is a popular tourist attraction and is one of the highest paved roads in the world. Credit: Pamir Times/Ijlal Hussain via Storyful