Himalayan glaciers are melting at an alarming rate

The Ministry of Earth & Sciences (MoES) has reported that the glaciers in the Himalayan region are melting faster than expected. A study carried out by the (MoES) through National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) has highlighted the recorded data of six glaciers in the Chandra basin in the western Himalayas since 2013.


The Geological Survey Of India (GSI) has studied the melting of glaciers by the mass balance assessment on nine glaciers and other 76 glaciers in the Himalayan region. The data highlighted that the majority of the glaciers’ melting level is surging. The Hindu Kush Himalayan glaciers are shrinking by 14.9-15.1 meters per year, which is causing a water level rise in the Indus, Ganga, and Brahmaputra river basins. The Dokriani Glacier in the Bhagirathi basin is shrinking by 15-20 meters per year.

The statement released by the ministry mentioned that this unusual natural phenomenon caused by the rising temperatures and climate change impacts has direct impacts on the water resources. The melting of glaciers affects the downstream water storage and impacts hydropower power because of variation in discharge. This can also impact the farmers as the agriculture practices could get affected due to the flash flood and Glacial Lake Outburst Floods.