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Shakhdara Valley | Dasht


In August 2002, the village of Dasht was destroyed by a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood. People were not aware about this risk as the lake was located more than 10 km upstream and had formed less than two years before suddenly draining during nighttime. Dozens of people were killed, homes and fields covered by debris. The death toll would have been even higher if inhabitants of the opposite village of Baroj (left central background) would not have heard the noise and managed to alert some of the people in Dasht.

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on Friday 14 August 2009 by Martin Mergili
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