New Delhi: The Great Ganges Flood of 1982 may have been the most dramatic and violent of its kind, but India’s efforts to protect the waterway have since been a major focus of global conservation efforts.
Now, conservationists are warning that a similar tragedy could occur in the Himalayas and that a large portion of the water that has flowed down the Ganges will remain undisturbed.
The Himalayan waterway, which extends from the Indian Ocean in the west to the Pacific Ocean in North East India, is one of the most important waterways in the world, and has a rich history.
The Ganges is the main tributary of the Indus, the ancient river that runs from China in the south to India in the north.
The river has been at the center of political turmoil and conflicts since it was first dammed and diverted from its natural channel in the 19th century.
It is a huge, nearly 200-mile-long, largely empty body of water.
It empties into the sea every year in a few short months.
Its waters reach the Himalayan foothills, and are vital to agriculture in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
It also has significant potential for climate change, according to a study by a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The study was released on Tuesday.
In addition to the impact of the floods, it said that it is a major threat to the livelihoods of millions of people in India and the global economy as a whole.
The scientists studied the water level of the Ganga in the region.
They found that the river’s upper reaches were higher in 2013 than in 1982, and the lower parts of the river were significantly lower.
The researchers found that in recent years, about 20 percent of the upper reaches of the Himalaya have gone under flood water.
The river’s lower reaches, they say, have not.
“The floodwaters have been there since the early 1990s,” said professor of water resources at the University at Buffalo, David P. Gershon.
“They were just starting to accumulate at that point.”
The scientists said that, over the last 15 years, there have been a number of significant flooding events along the river.
Some have been as large as 100 feet (30 meters), some as large or larger, and some were as severe as a 50-foot (15 meters) inundation.
They found that about 10 percent of all flood waters have been above flood stage, and in the past 10 years, the average inundation has been just under 10 feet (3 meters).
The scientists found that floodwaters were being driven by high winds, which can cause large riverbank landslides.
“If you’re not careful, the floodwaters can cause significant erosion and flooding,” said Gershon.
The water can also wash into rivers in other parts of India and across the globe, he added.
This past weekend, the Indian government announced that the floodwater level along the Gurgaon-Delhi stretch of the Indian-administered Kashmir valley, which is downstream of the floodway, had reached 1,100 feet (300 meters) above flood level.
The United Nations has warned that the Himalas could be inundated by as much as 25 percent by 2050 if the water table remains low.
The Himalayan glaciers and ice caps are also melting, with the glaciers and glaciers of the Tibetan Plateau shrinking rapidly.
Water is a powerful driver of climate change and is the primary source of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.
“We have an opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030 if we keep the current pace,” said Indian minister of environment and forests Kailash Satyarthi.
The Great Himalayash floods have been blamed for many deaths in India.
In 2012, a man died after falling from a bridge over the Gange, while another was swept away by the water and drowned.