Mountain watch groups save lives in flood-prone Pakistan valleys

March 10, 2015 6:02 AM

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BAGROT, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For wheat farmer Noor Hussain, it was "no less than a miracle" that the lives of nearly 900 people and hundreds of cattle were saved by evacuating them from Chirah Bala village hours before a glacial lake burst its banks last May.

Hussain, 45, was busy weeding his land in the Bagrot valley when young members of a local "hazard watch group" rushed up to him and other villagers, advising them to leave quickly due to the risk of flash flooding.

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