Hunza, January 5: “We hope that the water of Hunza River would soon start seeping through the debris”, the Chairman of NDMA told Zulfiqar Ali Khan, when asked about the government’s strategy to release water from the dam formed on Hunza River.
When it was pointed out that prolonged waiting for the water seepage might endanger life and property of the resident of low laying villages of Gojal, the general said that there are other options, including usage of dynamite for blasting out a path for the water through the debris.
He also said that a chopper would be put at the disposal of the people working at the site of disaster. More than two hundred residents of Gojal valley are trapped in Aliabad, due to the blockade of Karakuram Highway, the only land route connecting China and Pakistan.
Shops, utility stores and depots in Gojal valley have been emptied by anxious consumers, fearing prolonged blockade of the KKH.
There’s not even a single doctor in Gojal valley to cater to the health needs of over 22, 000 people living in a highly scattered geographic setting. Lack of food, medicine and other daily essentials is becoming a serious issue in Gojal Valley.
The public representatives have demanded air lifting of food items to the valley to avoid further suffering.