Islamabad, April 15: Official notification declaring Gojal valley, Attabad Bala, Attabad Payeen and Sarat as calamity hit areas has, finally, been issued according to information obtained from the office of deputy home secretary Gilgit – Baltistan.
It was a long standing demand of the people of Gojal valley that their area be declared as calamity hit and proper measures be put in place for reviving livelihood in the region. While the former interim governor of Gilgit – Baltistan had declared the region as calamity hit and promised resolution of the issues created by the January 4 landslide and the resulting lake formation, the official notification had not been issued as yet. Delay in issuance of the notification status irritated the local people who resorted to protests yet again and declared extreme measures, including marching towards the Chinese border for help.
The notification, details of which are not fully know yet, is expected to bring relief and satisfaction to people of the disaster hits parts of Hunza valley.