by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
HUNZA, Jan 13: The water level in a dam formed on Hunza River has crossed the first barrier pushing water flow towards the main barrier downstream. This has cut-off the pony track used by people of Gojal to cross the blockade, further disconnecting the valley from central Hunza. Helicopters are the only mean of transport for people of the valley.
According to a geologist working for FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, currently monitoring the lake movement, the water level of the lake from the river bed has risen to 74 ft.
The rate of water level rise, however, has reduced from 0.3 to 0.1 feet per hour. Due to reduced water rise level, there is possibility that water level would rise to Ayeenabad in another 6-7 days, and would impact KKH, cattle sheds and crop fields.
This new development has delayed the threats to Ayeenabad settlement and the water at this rate could reach to the 9 houses in 12-15 days. The inflow rate of water into the lake from the upstream is 97 cubic feet.