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Township in Nepal
Flash floods pose a serious threat to people in mountain
regions and have severe downstream effects. In contrast to
most glacial lake outburst floods which occur in sparsely populated high mountain regions, a large proportion of flash floods occur in more
densely populated middle hill and mid-mountain regions
where social, humanitarian and economic impacts are much
greater. Numbers are highly uncertain and most likely underreported, but flash floods in the Himalayas are estimated to cause
the loss of at least 5000 people every year.