They call it the Lion River because on a dark night the noises it makes while passing through narrow gorges can easily be mistaken for the roars of an enraged lion. Originating as a small glacial spring in the Tibetan mountain, the Indus River passes through the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges and gradually culminates in an enormous water body, fed by hundreds of powerful torrents.
Some people praise the regions surrounding the Indus River as a cradle of civilisations and a benefactor of the world’s oldest human settlements. However, the millions of people recently displaced by the lethal waves of the flooded Indus might feel otherwise. The massive flooding has caused devastation across the region, destroying more than 1.4 million acres of cropland and over one million homes. The result has been nothing short of one of the world’s largest natural disasters.