Iceland president warns of disappearing Himalayan glaciers

August 31st, 2008 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, Aug 31 (DPA) Wrapping up a four-day visit to Bangladesh Sunday, Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson sounded a grim warning that the Himalayan glaciers were disappearing and would be gone in the next 40 to 70 years.The high-speed melting of the mountain ice spelt dangers for the southern Asian countries like Bangladesh that are dependent on the glaciers for sources of water.

These countries situated at the Himalayan foothills face a major challenge which could generate conflicts and grievances across their sensitive national boundaries.

On Friday, Grimsson was given a cordial reception on arrival for an official trip to Bangladesh, highlight of which was his chairing an international symposium on climate change.

Grimsson stressed increasing regional efforts to help the farming community in south Asia to cope with climate change.

Bangladesh, a low-lying delta with three large river systems, is particularly vulnerable to climate change, experts at the symposium in Dhaka said.

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