G-B assembly speaker inspects Hunza relief efforts

Hunza’s administration has been asked to increase the number of boats being used to carry people between Hunza and Gojal.

Express July 03, 2010

GILGIT: Speaker of the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly Wazir Baig has asked Hunza’s administration to increase the number of boats being used to carry people between Hunza and Gojal, officials said on Friday.

Baig issued these directives after hearing complaints of those affected by the Attabad lake. The speaker visited the area to inspect relief efforts being extended to displaced persons. Around 20,000 people have been rendered homeless as a result of the formation of the artificial lake.

Officials told The Express Tribune that the number of helicopter sorties has also been reduced to cut expenditure. The speaker met with people in the Shishkhat and Gulmit villages and assured them of government support.

Earlier, the speaker visited various wheat and grain depots in Aliabad and Altit to check the quality and quantity of stock at hand, officials said. It has become known that the speaker made his visit after people complained that there wasn’t enough supply of food in Hunza.

“The speaker was informed that food stock worth at least two months was available in warehouses for victims of the Attabad lake disaster,” an offical said.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Hunza Zafar Taj has said that the level of water in the lake is decreasing as its outflow is now greater than inflow.

He said that the outflow of water was recorded at  15,427 cusecs while the inflow stood at 14,900 cusecs. “The level of water in the lake has decreased by 3 inches in 24 hours,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2010.


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