Published On: Wed, Sep 30th, 2015

Climate change ‘turns’ farmer into carpenter

Farman Karim Baig

Gilgit: Roza Khan, a native of Bagrot in Datucha village was involved in agriculture since years, but since severe floods destroyed his fields, he switched his profession and began working as a carpenter. He now resides in Deenpur.

Bagrot valley is 45kms away from Gilgit in the north-west and is covered with glaciers. Most of the 18,000 inhabitants of the area are involved in agriculture.

According to Roza Khan, most of the families in the area have shifted to other place like him. Due to heavy rains and floods their belongings, orchards and settlements have been damaged so they shifted for earning bread and butter for their families.

When Roza left his house in Datoocha village due to floods, the structure of the area school had also been dilapidated. He left Bagraot to reside in Deenpur in order to feed his family and to continue his children’s education.

According to the international magazine ‘Nature Climate Change’, due to climate change Pakistan’s 5,000 glaciers were in danger. Due to high mercury, there was great possibility that melting of glaciers would endanger by disasters.

According to the report, mountains more than five thousand meters are under the threat of warm weather. The temperature in the upper hemisphere is high in contrast to the plateau. Such tendency brings dangerous repercussions in the flow of rivers. And the melting glaciers would cause unexpected increase in floods and rains.

Due to split in Bagroat’s lakes, the area is badly affected. The infrastructure of health and education and the already absence of communications has also been ruined. Due to lack of communication and non-availability of information, the scale of damages has become difficult.

Gilgit-Baltistan Environmental Protection Agency’s Deputy Director Khadim Hussain said, “Due to climate change, the area’s pattern of weather has changed. Earlier there is snowfall in the November. But now snowfall appears in the last week of December or First week of January.” According to him this off-season snowfall does not develop into glaciers. When there is slight change in the temperature, there is danger of flooding, he added.

This article has been published in arrangement with NCEJ as part of its training in Gilgit on “Reporting impacts of climate change on communities”

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