Gilgit, April 28: According to information shared by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in its daily report water level in the lake formed on Hunza River has increased to 280 ft (85.3 meters) as of April 28. The report also mentions that the free board, distance between the existing reduced height of the barrier and water level in the lake, is around 24 meters (80 ft), as recently measured by FCNA. This leads to the logical conclusion that only 54 ft (16 meters) of the lake’s barrier, initially 414 ft (126.2 meters) high, has been reduced so far.
It is pertinent to note that the initial target of height reduction set by FWO was 20 meters which was later increased to 30 meters. It is highly unlikely that FWO would be able to achieve the target height reduction in the coming days.
Failure to reduce height of the lake barrier as per target has the potential to wreck havoc in the upstream villages.