by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
The second largest bridge on Karakuram Highway submerged tonight in the lake water between Shishkat and Gulmit, two of the largest settlements of Gojal valley. The bridge had already been closed for all sorts of traffic due to the dangers posed by wind and water.
With submergence of this strategic bridge the Shishkat village has now turned into a gulf, covered by water from three sides. Boat service is one of the options available for transportation of people and goods to Shishkat. FOCUS Pakistan and Aga Khan Foundation have also constructed a helipad at the village.
Gojal valley has been hit by a calamity but the government is still not taking full responsibility of the region by declaring it a calamity hit region.
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