Himalayas Are Now More Vulnerable to Disasters Due to Climate Change

Climate change and ill-planned human interventions in the Himalayas have accentuated the vulnerability of the hills to disasters, resulting in a manifold increase in loss of property and human lives, experts say.

The annual mean surface-air-temperature in the Hindu Kush Himalayas increased at a rate of about 0.1 degree Celsius per decade during 1901-2014, with a faster rate of warming of about 0.2 degree Celsius per decade during 1951-2014, which is attributable to anthropogenic climate change.