Lake has expanded by 20 m towards Gulmit as of March 1

by Zulfiqar Ali Khan (Taken on 27th Feb)

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  1. This is interesting and scary.

    Reasons being Gulmit was at an incline (slope) as such water was not heading towards Gulmit. Evidently with increase in river level that slope has been overcome.
    What this could do is lead towards lowering the overall river level( remember school physics: water keeps it’s own level), and there could be sudden gushing of water towards Gulmit as the barrier due to slope has been overcome by rise in river.

    please inform this fact to NMDA and FOCUS.
    Ask NMDA to do detail survey/modelling

    Our prayers are with you all.

  2. Thats the power of nature. A natural dam, created within a few hours. It would have taken us humans atleast couple of years to build if we wanted to build such a structure. Just another reminder to us on how insignificant we are in the larger state of things. All praise the Almighty.

  3. It reminds us to the 1980´s when there was a huge flood in shishkat during the construction of the KKH . that flood blocked the river and coused a huge lake toward Hussaini Gojal and that submerged the then orignal pak-china friendship bridge between Gulmit and shishkut. later on this new bridge was constructed and it submerged too.
    lets hope for the new one which is being constructed on the same place the one before in 1980.

  4. well said……hey we know this is something really sad, but like i have mentioned earlier that we are helpless in front of mother nature, lets talk about turning this lose into a win by utilizing damn for many reasons, Electricity, Tourism, fishing etc. but one has to take action for the effected people, who have lost property, their loved ones,
    I do not mean to hurt anyone but I am just saying

  5. The flood referred to by Alia was April 1974, which was in fact a rock/mud avalanche. Although its magnitude was far smaller then the one at Attabad (January 04,2010) but the devastation it caused to the upstream settlements was catastrophic causing human casualties and loss to properties and infrastructure. It blocked the Khunjhrav river, submerging the magnificent Pak-China Friendship Bridge.

    The FWO was failed to handle that situation and the Chinese had to rebuild a portion of the KKH with the construction of the Shishkat Bridge which we lost for ever a week ago.

    Although it is a natural phenomenon for mountainous regions but the modern days tools are there to alert people of potential danger to their lives. Government, being the custodian for the safety of its citizens has to resettle the affected population and it is also important to the people to listen to authorities and institutions alerting for potential threats very seriously.

    Had the people of Attaabad listened to the danger alerts and agreed to the resettlement offers made by the Jamaati institutions the precious human lives would not have lost.

    My prayers are with those who lost lives of innocent children and women, men and hundreds of livestock animals.

  6. “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”

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