The Glacier area from where the water flows down to Chut Ghusth, Ghulkin
Hunza, May 26: A team of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance paid an aerial visit to the Ghulkin, Gulmit, Passu and Batura glaciers after the Glacial Lake Outburst Floods erupted, causing huge damages to properties at Chut Ghoosth Ghulkin on May 21 and May 25. The team analysed the situation of Glacial Lakes formed within Ghulkin glaciers, because of faster melting of ice, in order to devise future strategy to save huge losses to the surrounding settlements.
The visiting team comprised of Nusrat Nasab, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, FOCUS, Ajaz, Geologist, Zafar Jang, Programme Manager FOCUS North, Rahim Khan, President Ismaili Local Council Gulmit, Shamsher Khan, CERT Captain and Niyat Qurban, VERT Captain Ghulkin.
The team will submit a report to the Council outlining its findings and proposing strategies to coup with the situation, in the long run. However, they have advised for continuous monitoring of the glacier’s movement in order to minimize losses in the wake of future disastor.
Another flood from the Ghulkin Glacier had hit the Karakoram Highway and the Chutghust settlement of Ghulkin village on May 25. The volume of water was very high as compared to the flood on May 21. It caused huge losses to the potato and wheat fields, orchards and forest areas. KKH also remained closed for 6 hours. The local volunteers have evacuated the seasonal houses in fear of more floods.
The PT team visited the flood areas and the Ghulkin glaciers. According to the team members, the water is emanating from inside the glacier from an invisible.
Morever, seepage of water from the glacier just above the Ghulkin village has also created fear among the local community. According to local people, unlike the past, excessive water flow was observed during December, when the temperature remains in the negative range.
According to FOCUS team the water in a lake above Hussainin village has also increased to an alarming level.
Despite all these threats to the community the elected political leadership and high Government officials have not visited the area.