by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
HUNZA, May 11: The Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) has reduced the height of the debris by 13 meter against the actual target of 30 meter, indicates a report of a government department closely monitoring the Attabad disaster. An official of the department on condition of anonymity said that this report has been already submitted to the district administration. It is worthy to mention here that the officials of FWO are claiming, in their briefings to high-ups, of successful achievement of the actual targets.
Meanwhile, the water has entered the commercial areas of Tehsil headquarter Gulmit. The people started dismantling the buildings and moving their assets to safer locations. According to reports the water could submerge 120 shops, 38 houses, one community centre, thousands of kanals of lands and domesticated plants along with 5 kilometre of the strategic Karakoram Highway and 3 bridges within few days. The lake has also started submerging the low laying areas of Ghulkin and Hussaini villages.
According to the latest reports the length of the lake has increased to 18 kilometer with maximum depth of 320 feet. According to Focus about 45 feet, whereas GB Works Departments 58 feet, of debris is still remaining for overtopping of the water.
It is here to mention that the lake has already submerged 90 houses with all properties in Shishkat and Ayeenabad settlements and further threatens 40 houses. The lake has also submerged 20 kilometer of the KKH, the largest bridge on KKH and a suspension bridge between Shishkat and Gulmit.