Hunza lake water causes flooding

Published: May 10, 2010
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Evacuations underway in nearby villages.

Evacuations underway in nearby villages.

HUNZA: Water outflow from the spillway of a lake formed by landsliding in Hunza has stopped on Monday, causing flooding in adjacent areas.

The water from the lake in the Atta Abad area submerged 88 houses in Aeenabad and Shashkat while two bridges have also been swept away. The two areas also lost their ground link to other areas.

The water has reached Gilmat village where 42 houses and a commercial market were earlier evacuated.

Evacuations are also underway in other nearby villages.

The lake is 16 kilometers long and 350 meters wide. 2500 cusecs water is adding to the lake’s water, daily. The lake does not have an appropriate spillway which is threatening the lake to burst. FW and army engineers are working tirelessly to resolve the issue.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • yasir sultan
    May 11, 2010 - 11:09PM

    salam to all
    now that damage has already been done and retrieval is difficult. govt should plan immediately to develop some sort electricity production plant and may be irrigation. definitely it ll have some effects on lower areas of Pakistan but in broader prospect it may prove to be a blessing.
    May Allah help PakistanRecommend

  • Sajid
    May 13, 2010 - 10:59AM

    I have seen this area last two years back and i have gone till sust and had a stay in Gulmit (The Village Hotel) Hunza and it’s a heaven on Earth that you can’t explain in your words.
    I think the Government is waiting for the big clash of the lake to burst so that it can gain some relief fund from the west.
    I think they should call the chinese engenieers to work on the merged area so that it can be done fast.
    Please save The Beauty of Pakistan.Recommend

  • batholith
    May 14, 2010 - 8:29AM

    Cusecs is a rate, cubic feet per second; you cannot state cusecs per day. That comes to 216,000,000 cubic feet of water per day or 6,116,438,889 liters per day. Recommend

  • dr wajahat
    May 14, 2010 - 2:27PM

    opppps want to visit the lake.shame leader at the end again people of GILGIT and GILGIT come in front to solve energy crisis.come and get electricity from natural jheel.KHUD TOU NAI BANA SAKAY.Recommend

  • khalid
    May 20, 2010 - 12:04PM

    CAN U GIVE ANY INFO ON RELIEF CENTER OR DISISATER CENTER THERE , FEW STUDENT / PERSON WANT TO VISIT TO HELP THE PEOPLES , PL REPLY WHO SHOULD THEY CONTACT IN HUNZA IF THEY GO THERE

    usamaa@super.net.pkRecommend

  • Sajjad Ali
    May 20, 2010 - 10:50PM

    salam to all : its time to realize that why such troubles come on us as a nation, i think we Should follow the right path [Commandment of ALLAH according to the life of MUHAMMAD SallALLAH Alayhe Wa Aalehe Wassalam(sunna)] ,
    take care of ur self as well of ur surrounding, that if we cant facilitate any one,then why we creating troubles for others?
    only requesting to all that keep remember in dua whole Muslims of the world, specially for the peace and prosperity of Pakistan. thanks Recommend

  • ayesha
    Jun 7, 2010 - 11:30PM

    assalam – o alikum to all
    Hunza lake is dangerous for people who live in hunza valley. so govrnmet should take risk.Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2010 - 11:30PM

    I am very sorry to see and hear of this disaster. This is a tragedy. So many people are affected. I hope that all the families in this place find new hope and are helped with this horrible event.

    Peace to all of you.Recommend

  • Sania
    Jul 18, 2010 - 6:41PM

    Salam to every one. I need your help for my project. Who ever reads my comment please tell me , What are the reasons of increasing water of (Ataabad) Hunza lake? and What are drawbacks of increasing water in Hunza lake?
    I will be thankfull to you all.=)Recommend

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