Gilgit, March 11: Water had started seeping from barrier of the lake formed on River Hunza early during the last week and according to highly reliable sources the seepage rate has increased over the past few days. There seems to be a general consensus among the organizations monitoring the lake that source of the seepage is water stored in the lake.
These photos were taken last week and the seepage has increased since then. Photo courtesy FOCUS
The seepage has increased from 4 Cusecs per second to 9 Cusecs per second during the last week, reaching 9.4 cusec per second on March 10, 2010.
Some sources in the government think that the seepage is not taking from the lake barrier but it might be caused by a spring or water channel hidden in the debris.
The seepage, irrespective of its source, might destabilize the lake barrier. Local people fear that the lake burst, if it happens, will inflict more pain and suffering than previously imagined.