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Climate Change

Climate change casts shadow on Bhutan with glacial lakes at risk

Danger looms in the mountains as ice melt threatens to flood land downstream

THIMPHU -- High up in the mountain regions bordering Tibet the inhabitants of Laya, one of the highest settlements in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, are still coming to terms with the death of 10 of its community members who were killed in a mudslide in one of the worst tragedies to hit the highlands.

Members of the nomadic community were deep in the mountains, a day's walk from their village, collecting Cordyceps, the highly valued wild medicinal fungus. They had camped at the edge of a slope, above the tree line, when tragedy struck in June.

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