by Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Ghulam Nasir & Mir Baz Khan
Hunza, June 14: A team of volunteers of Pamir TImes has reached the spot and they have confirmed the news about extra ordinary volume of water flow caused by the third Glacial Lake Outburst Flood, within the past few weeks. The destruction caused by this recent GLOF is far greater than the previous ones, said one of our correspondents.
In the mean while local people have not shown any enthusiasm for quickly reopening the KKH, as they had been doing during the past. They maintained that the government loses interest in the well being of the local people when the road is cleared for traffic. The local people have demanded sustainable solutions.
Many people argue that this is a result of the global climate change. This would be discussed at a conference in Gilgit, next week, addressing the climate change and its impact on the moutain communities. It is pertinent to note that the entire Gilgit – Baltistan is home to some of the largest glaciers in the world, outside the poles. Siachin Glacier, Batura Glacier, Hisper Glacier, Biafo Glacier and many other smaller glaciers are located within the boundary of the region. The communities living between the glaciers, in scattered valleys, are genuinely feeling unsafe and uncertain about future of the region.
According to reports, another GLOF from Ghulkin glacier has caused release of huge volumes of water near Chat Ghusth, Ghulkin causing huge damages to properties and KKH. The flood has blocked KKH and caused huge damages to agriculture fields, irrigation channels, orchards, cattle sheds and some seasonal houses.
The Local Administration Hunza and office bearers of Ismaili Local Coucil and FOCUS Humanitarian are present at the site to deal any further emergency situation. However, all organizations, including the government, are either ill equipped to face the situation.
The volunteers of FOCUS have reached the spot and are helping the passengers in crossing the flooded part of KKH. A temporary and vulnerable bridge has been constructed to help the passenger go through. There was an incident when a senior citizen fell into the water while attempting to cross the shakky bridge. The volunteers helped the senior citizen quickly and took her out, unharmed.