HASSANABAD, Pakistan (CBS) – A bridge in northern Pakistan collapsed on Saturday after a glacial lake outburst caused by a recent heatwave released huge amounts of water into the stream and surrounding areas, local media reported.

Media reports quoted experts as saying the water volume at the Shisper glacier lake had increased by 40 percent over the past 20 days due to unusually high and abrupt temperature rises in the north of the country.

They also said that rapidly melting glaciers have created more than 3, 000 glacial lakes in the northern areas and thirty-three could burst soon, sending torrents of water coursing through streams.

In Hassanabad, local officials were helping those affected and ensuring that people were not stranded due to the flooding.