Reporting by Ghulam Nasir
Gulmit, January 6: General (r) Farooq of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) visited different villages of Gojal valley today to survey the threats caused by dam formation due to a massive landslide that inundated Attabad village, killing 13 people and burying many. He was accompanied by government and NGO officials.
Three choppers airlifted hundreds of commuters between Aliabad and Gulmit. Local people appreciated this move by the government and s
Relief goods, including 45 sacks of flour, around 100 KGs of rice and edible oil were also transported to a camp established at Government Boys High School, Gulmit. The local people have said that the goods are insufficient. A villager told this scribe that bringing 45 sacks of flour in the name of relief is a joke with 22, 000 people of Gojal Valley.
The Aga Khan Health Services has sent a team of health professionals, to look after patients in the region. The only doctor at the ten bedded Civil Hospital, Gulmit, is not available, however.
Different committees, consisting of members of the Ismaili Ladies and Gents Volunteer Corps and Ismaili Boys Scouts and Girl Guides, have been formed in Gulmit to facilitate the relief operations. “General Farooq, NDMA Chairman, had requested the Ismaili Local Council to assist NDMA in the relief operations by mobilizing the local community”, liaison officer of the Council, Afsar Jan, told Pamir Times.