High temps melt glacier, flood cen­tral Asian city

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

MOSCOW — Of­fi­cials in Kaza­khstan say a flood that forced the evac­u­a­tion of hun­dreds of peo­ple from the out­skirts of the coun­try’s largest city was due to the rapid melt­ing of a glacier in the nearby moun­tains. The Thurs­day flood in the Cen­tral Asian city of Al­maty sent wa­ter mixed with boul­ders and trees rush­ing through streets. No deaths were re­ported, but the In­te­rior Min­istry said 76 peo­ple sought med­i­cal help and 950 peo­ple were evac­u­ated. Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, gla­cial melt sent an un­usu­ally high amount of wa­ter into a mo­raine-dammed lake — a lake formed by gla­cial de­bris that blocks a val­ley — and the wa­ter burst out.

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