Hussainabad residents voluntarily restore electricity after 28 days, fear of landslide lingers on

Hussainabad residents voluntarily restore electricity after 28 days, fear of landslide lingers on

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Hussainabad: Dust rises above the landslide prone mountain in lower part of the Hunza Valley. Photo: Karim Hussain

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Hunza, October 16: Residents of Hussainabad village in Shinaki region of Lower Hunza saw the electrict bulbs and tubes in their houses glitter after a gap of 28 days. The local people deserve credit, because they worked hard for several days, voluntarily, to restore the electricity. Their voluntary work was also supported technically by the GB Water and Power Department.

Electricity in Hussainabad village was affected due to a landslide situation at Mayoon village, located in the vicinity. A water channel and electricity transmission lines had been destroyed by a gradually sliding mountain located in middle of the two villages.

The mountain became active last year after the heavy rainfall that flooded almost all districts of the Gilgit-Baltistan region.

The landslide has been studied technically by the Geological Survey of Pakistan and Focus Humanitarian Assistance Pakistan, an NGO associated with the Aga Khan Development Network.

Two weeks ago around 20 families from a vulnerable portion of the Mayoon village were relocated to safer areas.

People are fearing that a major landslide in the region can result in blockade of the Hunza River, which is already blocked up north, in the Gojal Valley, upper Hunza.

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