by Zulfiqar Ali Khan & Noor
Hunza, January 5: Thirteen victims of the landslide catastrophe, mostly women and children, were buried today in presence of thousands of mourners in Aliabad, Hunza.
Burial ceremony was also attended by speaker GBLA, Wazir Baig, GBLA member Mutabitat Shah, Commander of FCGB, home secretary GB and General (r) Farooq Ahmed, chairman NDMA, among others.
The death toll is likely to increase as nine to ten people are, reportedly, still missing.
Search and rescue operations are going on at the disaster site with help of Paksitan Army, local administration, Ismaili volunteers, local residents and trained S&R experts of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance.
Work on the removal of debris from the KKH is pending due to the continuous rock falls and landslide.
The Hunza River has been converted into a dam and poses serious threat to the low-lying villages of Gojal valley, especially Aayin Abad ward of Shishkat and some parts of Gulmit.