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Melting Himalayan glaciers could lead to floods followed by drought for China, India and Nepal

Melting glaciers in the Himalayas could lead to water shortages for hundreds of millions of people and cause floods followed by droughts in India, China and Nepal in the near future, according to a recent report

Global warming as well as debris and rubbish left by tourists in the neighbouring areas are posing a serious threat to the glaciers that feed seven great Asian rivers.

Research groups from India and China were working on a collaborative research programme to study into the health of the glaciers.

The Indian Space Research Organisation and the department of science and technology have been employed to study glacial conditions across eastern and western Himalayas.

Indian minister of state for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh said: “We are talking to the Chinese about monitoring the Himalayan glaciers.”

Ramesh, who plans to visit China this month, said that the Indian Government would discuss water resources with its neighbour.

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