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Hunza in northern Pakistanin January, has forced hundreds from their homes, and threatens to displace
thousands more. Flooding caused by an overflowing lake, formed after a
landslide blocked the River
According to media reports, 88 houses in Aeenabad and Shashkat villages, and two bridges, have been swept away. The two areas were
cut-off by the floods.
The water has reached Gulmit, the largest town in Gojal sub-district of Hunza-Nagar District.
"The situation is quite critical. About 13,000 people in the affected area face displacement, organized evacuations had not
begun but people had been moving away. "People need to be relocated to
safe areas. The situation is quite dangerous." Nine sites, including
government schools and other buildings, had been identified for housing people,
According to a 30 April humanitarian update [http://oneresponse.info/Countries/Pakistan/publicdocuments/Pakistan...]
by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, some "200
people had been relocated as a precaution".
The lake is 16km long and 350 metres wide. Water is pouring into it at the rate of 2,500 cubic metres per day, according to media
reports. The lake does not have an appropriate spillway, so there is a risk it
could suddenly burst its banks.
The Pakistanarmy's Frontier Works Organization has been attempting since January to create
a spillway, but is now likely to stop work, according to Muhammad, due to
rising water levels in the lake and the threat of flooding.
The 4 January landslide caused at least 13 deaths and blocked the river in the Attabad area. The lake that formed cut road links to
Gojal, resulting in food shortages there. If the lake bursts its banks, flash
floods could cause havoc downriver.
"The situation in the affected area has been very grim for months. People are terrified of floods, and those in Gojal have
had to depend on many items from China at high cost as links to Pakistan have
been cut off," Ali Ahsan, a resident of Hunza, said
"Panic is now mounting. Goods were reaching them by boat but now these have stopped running due to a fuel shortage," he said.
Since the landslide, over 1,000 displaced people from Attabad village and nearby areas have been living in makeshift camps. In March,
the governor of Gilgit-Baltistan, a non-self-governing territory, declared
Gojal sub-district in Upper Hunza Region "disaster hit",
[http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=100888] and said the government was
"fully prepared to deal with any situation".
"We are still awaiting instructions on what to do next. There is a lot of confusion," Muhammad Ali, 40, a resident of
Hunza town, said. "People who lost cattle and property in the landslide
need more help."
Authorities in Hunza district began evacuating people from villages on Monday, fearful that a lake created by a landslide will burst
soon and trigger heavy flooding that could affect 50,000 people.
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