Hunza, January 4: Hundreds of members of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps, trained search and rescue experts of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, Boys Scouts and local people are working to save lives and dig out people who could be trapped in debris of the landslide at Attabad.
Speaker of GBLA, Wazir Baig, who is also the elected representative of Hunza valley, and technocrat member of GBLA, Mutabiat Shah, have reached Aliabad Hunza to take part in the search and rescue operations.
While the government was quick to impose emergency in the region, its resources remain out of action. The major hope of NDMA, as far as search and rescue is concerned, seems to be the land excavators being used by a Chinese company working in the region.
A lot of anger and resentment is visible in Hunza. Due to unavailability of alternate living space the people of Attabad could not leave their village, despite of knowing about the grave threat posed by the cracks that had appeared in the mountains over two years ago.
The government and NGOs were unable to offer dignified, alternative, living space to the residents. Many of the displaced families lived in tents for month, before being shifted to a government school building a few months back. Tens of families are living with their relatives in Karimabad, Ahmedabad and other villages of the valley.
The loss of so many lives is being seen as a result of the collective negligence and ineptness of the government, NGOs and the local communities.