The snow and ice of the Himalayas provide an essential source of water for the 240 million people living in mountainous regions and another 1.65 billion people living in valleys in several countries.
In a report published last week by scientists from the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (Icimod), based in Nepal. warn: these millions of people who depend on melting Himalayan snow for their water supply face a risk of shortage this year, according to them.

According to Icimod, which has been monitoring snow cover in the region for more than 20 years, “this year, the persistence of snow (18.5% below normal) is the second lowest in the last 22 years, just after the record of 19% established in 2018,” the author of the report, Sher Muhammad, told AFP. “Less snow accumulation and fluctuating snow levels significantly increase the risk of water shortages, particularly this year,” he stressed, citing “a wake-up call for researchers, policy makers and communities [who live] downstream.”

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The report measured the time snow remains on the ground. By 2024, levels have fallen by almost a fifth of normal across the entire Hindu Kush region and the Hindu Kush mountain range in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the Himalayas.

Billy Omeonga

Billy Omeonga graduated in Journalism and Creative Writing. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I am currently pursuing an MBA at the University of the People in the United States of America. I love activities that involve ideas and critical thinking. I am passionate about nature and protecting the environment. I believe in protecting our planet and its natural resources. I hate dishonest and pessimistic people. Honesty is an integral part of my view of the world and it is a value in which I strongly believe. I speak French and English fluently. In my free time, I like to read and play the piano. Also, I disapprove of the unreliability. I am a reliable person, so I expect a certain level of reliability from those I am reliable to.

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