ISLAMABAD, May 14 (APP): China will extend all possible assistance to Pakistan in doing disaster relief work in Hunza valley, a spokesman of the Chinese Embassy said here Friday. In a statement, he said China and Pakistan are time-tested all-weather friends and both have been supporting and assisting each other all the time. Since the occurrence of the “1.4” massive landslide, the government and people of China have been making every effort to assist the Pakistani side in the disaster relief work.
On January 19, at the request of the Pakistani government, the Chinese side made special arrangements to open the Kunjrab Border Pass in order to facilitate the purchase and customs clearance of relief goods from China.
On March 30, the Chinese Embassy, on behalf of the China Red Cross Society, donated US $30,000 to the Pakistan Red Crescent Society to assist the residents blocked in Hunza.
The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), which is conducting the project of upgradation of the Karakoram Highway, has been providing assistance to the Pakistani side to deal with the problem in following ways:
1) A two-kilometer access was constructed by the company to initiate the disaster relief work. Precise survey was conducted of the layout of the land, scale and elevation of deposit and the scale and scope of lake was confirmed. The related information and data has been quickly notified to the Pakistani government.
2) The company has been dredging the deposit for decreasing the risk of disaster. The company has sent 1,577 Chinese personnel, 1257 Pakistani personnel, 767 machines from January 27 to April 6 to assist the Pakistani government in clearing the earth deposit. So far, a spillway with the length of 500m, top width of 30m and bottom width of 5m has been dug.
Meanwhile, the company along with local experts and government officers inspected the situation on site frequently and provided them relevant data when required.
3) First Highway Survey & Design Institute Limited dispatched specialists to analyze the causes of disaster, assess its possible development and guide the rescue work on site.
Meanwhile, the CRBC worked jointly with a team of specialists from Ministry of Water Resources of China, Chinese Academy of Chengdu Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment. They visited the site on March 28-April 3 to investigate in detail the causes of the disaster and provide help and guidance for the evacuation of the displaced people affected by this disaster. Now the CRBC is working hard in preparing for the evacuation and settlement of personnel and properties downstream in case of the dam bursts.
The Chinese side firmly believes that under the leadership of Pakistani government the landslide affectees will effectively overcome the difficulty. It will continue to stand together with the Pakistani Government and people in tackling this natural disaster. “We will work closely with the Pakistani side and provide all possible support in this regard” the statement added.