Asia’s rivers are facing severe climate crisis. The glaciers of the Hindukush mountain range will melt to a third by the end of this century. This will affect the countries connected with the 800-km-long Hindukush-Himalayan region (HKH) stretching from Afghanistan to Myanmar. In view of the effects of global warming and climate change, its warning has also been issued by scientists. David Molden, director general of the International Center for Integrated Mountains Development (ICIMOD), said that if future effective steps are not taken to curb climate change, the future will be a crisis on mankind.
The lives of billions of people in South and Southeast Asia depend on the rivers emanating from the glaciers of the Hindukush-Himalayan region called the ‘Third Pole’ of the Earth. Major rivers like Bramputra, Indus, Yangtze and Mekong originate from this region. In the coming times, when there will be no water in these rivers, then what will happen to the people of India, China, Pakistan and other countries, it can be easily understood.
Extremely hot winds, erratic monsoon and pollution have the greatest impact on the origin of water. If effective steps are not taken to deal with this, then it is possible in the future that people’s access to drinking water may be more than oil prices. It has become so valuable that people are also ready to fight for it.
The Director General of ICIMOD said, “The Paris Agreement in 2015 can be an effective means of preventing the worst effects of global warming. Provided that all countries work together in this direction. ‘
Asia’s rivers climate crisis
Water crisis is deepening: United Nations (UN) Special Envoy Philip Alston, who works in the poverty and human rights sector, said that the climate of drinking water is increasing year by year due to climate change. More than half of the world’s population lives in the whole of Asia, including India, but the lack of potable water is taking a terrible form. Alston said it would affect the poorest people.
The frequency of natural disasters is increasing from year to year
ICIMOD’s Philip Wester said, “The melting of glaciers is leading to disasters like floods, droughts, landslides and avalanches.” He said that while many countries of Asia have faced terrible disasters in the past years. Chennai city of South India was in the grip of severe drought in the year 2019. Locals also had to depend on government tanks for drinking water. Due to non-availability of water in many places, the fight had also started on fighting. On the other hand, many areas in north India were hit by floods. Due to which people had to struggle a lot for food. Army personnel had to come forward to deal with this. He said that one thing to note here is that the frequency of natural disasters has increased manifold in the last years.