[PICTORY] Day III at Attabad Hunza

A view of the Hunza River gorge from top of the landslide debris

by Zulfiqar Ali Khan

HUNZA: After the devastating landslide, scarcity of food, medicines and fuel is becoming a real threat for the lives of the 22,000 inhabitants of Gojal, the largest tehsil of Hunza-Nagar district in Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to reports, shops, civil supply depots and utility stores in the valley have finished their stocks and cannot bring in fresh supplies due to blockade of the Karakoram Highway (KKH).

People of the area have demanded of the government to negotiate with the Chinese government and open the Khunjerab border for supply of food and other basic necessities. According to experts the KKH would take over a month to clear for traffic.

The blocked Hunza River is posing threats to the low-lying areas of Upper-Hunza and other parts. The local administration has directed people to evacuate the low-lying areas in order to avoid losses due to release of water.

Meanwhile, four helicopters started search, rescue and relief operations in the disaster-hit Atabad village. They operated to shift about 200 stranded commuters to their villages in Gojal. Medicines and fuel have been also transported to the far-flung valleys.

The local volunteers and rescue teams remained unable to recover the bodies of missing people buried under the boulders in Atabad on Wednesday.

The authorities have evacuated 173 families of Atabad, Sarat and Salmanabad and settled them in different relief camps in Altit and Aliabad. The sliding in the affected areas also remained continued and it is feared that the mountain on the other side of the village may also collapse.

Some NGOs have started aid efforts, however, the affected people are facing difficulties due to lack of proper aid and severe weather conditions. They demanded immediate steps for rehabilitation. [DAWN]

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  1. salam to PAMIR TEAM !
    we praise all the volunteers and rescue team that they are working hard and helping the poor and innocent people in this awfull event.
    thanks to PAMIR for highlighting it.

  2. It seems ridiculous that our so called chief minister is giviving polotical statements and doing nothing for the calamity striken people of Attaabd Hunza. he must be in Hunza and work for their releif. we salute all the people who are volantareely working there

  3. We are all concerned and moved due to this catastrophe and stand by the people living in this beautiful but difficult north.

    ali mansoor/Lahore

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