HUNZA, March 25: The residents of Hussaini village and Chutghust settlement have feared that the glacial floods could sweep away their village as the Hussaini-Ghulkin Glacier lake has started swelling.
Last year, the glacier lake outburst floods (GLOF) damaged four houses, six cattle sheds, four irrigation channels, 84 kanals of undeveloped land, 46 kanals of cultivated land, 450 fruit trees, about 1000 forest trees, 2,500 feet of link roads, two water tanks, 25 pipes (six inches) and three electricity poles, apart from the damage caused to Karakoram Highway.
The residents criticising the government for not compensating for the losses have demanded the Northern Areas Administration and other relevant authorities to take practical steps aimed at restricting the damages.
Meanwhile, a drought like situation hovers on Borith village since last year as the unusual advancement in the glacier has destroyed the water channels irri gating the beautiful Borith settlement.
According to reports the drought condition had affected more than 300 kanals of land, 235 trees of fruits and 247 forest trees of about 17 households.
The residents have demanded the Chief Secretary Northern Areas Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad to provide irrigation pipes for the village in order to save the settlement from total collapse. Also at Dawn
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