Gilani directs Wattoo to visit Hunza

Express May 10, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has directed the Minister for Industries Mian Manzoor Wattoo to immediately visit Hunza and devise a strategy to provide relief to the people of the area.

Gilani issued the ordered after water outflow from a lake, which was formed in January by landsliding in Hunza, stopped, causing flooding in adjacent areas.

The water from the lake in the Atta Abad area has submerged 88 houses in Aeenabad and Shashkat while two bridges have also been swept away.

The two areas have lost their ground link to other areas.

The water has reached Gulmit 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.

FWO and army engineers are working tirelessly to resolve the issue.