It’s the highest mountain range in the world. Featuring peaks that scrape the sky, dwindling glaciers, and lush forests, these gentle giants are essential to the prosperity and stability of one of Asia’s greatest lands. For rainwater and glacial melt flowing out of the Himalayas feeds the rivers that are the very life-blood of India and her 1.25 billion people.
A major wildfire burns through the forests of Ahirikot in Srinagar, India on Monday, May 2, 2016. Massive wildfires that killed at least seven people over recent days burned through pine forests in the Himalaya mountains of northern India on Monday. (Image source: Press Trust of India)
But in 2016, amidst what is likely to be the most intense period of extreme heat to ever impact India, the Himalayas are burning.
Extreme Heat, Drought Kills Hundreds, Displaces Farmers, Puts Towns on Life Support
Throughout April and into early May…
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