The massive landslide which took place at Ghareyat (Ataabad) on 4th January 2010 has blocked the Gojal river flow downstream. During the last 138 days the water level has reached a height of 370 feet. Ghawoshban (Ayeenabad) settlement, consisting of 35 households, has submerged completely. Around 80 houses have been caused to submerge in Shishkat while 12 houses have been caused to submerge in Gulmit. Low laying settlements are at risk in Hussaini and Passu. Moreover, substantial long term losses with respect to loss of scarce agricultural land have not been computed as yet.
Communities residing in Gojal have been actively engaged in making the necessary arrangements to move away from the disaster area. This includes dismantling of houses, cutting of trees and other activities related to relief work. However, given the scale of the problem, residents at Gojal are limited in capacity and are in need of further support. The ‘Gojal Emergency Relief Fund’ is an initiative to organize and collect donations (in kind or cash) on behalf of the communities and volunteers who are threatened by rising water levels in the foreseeable future. A bank account has been opened at the First Microfinance Bank Ltd for deposits , detail of the account given below . The GERF will be operated under the direct supervision of the Local Council, Volunteer Corps and Boy Scouts Group.
On behalf of the affected people, we request everyone to support this effort to save Gojal. We welcome any kind of contribution and suggestions to improve the relief effort.
Account Name: Gojal Emergency Relief Fund (GERF)
Account number: 851405
Branch code : 0208
Branch address: The First microfinance Bank Ltd Sost Gojal Hunza
This “GERF” is an acknowledgement by the professionals, business community and people residing out of Gojal of the brave effort being put by the local volunteers, scouts, youth and the local people.
Therefore we would request more volunteers from different parts of Pakistan and the world, to please come forward and help us make this effort worthy.
List of the contact persons are as follows:
Fazal Karim, Heritage Inventory Officer. AKCSP Gilgit. Contact No: +92 3448840293
Nauroze Shah, Chief Finance Officer. AKTC Afghanistan. Contact No:+0093795338323
Kiramat Ali, Chartered Accountant. Contact No: +92 3455387987
Aziz Ahmed, DPO, NRSP Muzafarabad. Contact No: +92 3003539799
Safdar Ali, Assistant Manger, Askari Commerical Bank, F-7 Islamabad.
Rehmat Karim, Branch Manager, FMFB, Sost Hunza Gilgt Baltistan. Contact No : +92 3473660168, 92 03135080036
Arshad Ali, Agribusiness Analyst, AKRSP, Gilgit . Contact No: 92 3465343187
Alimember, Regional CAD Central | NIB Bank Limited, NIB House,Shahrah- Aiwan-e-Tijarat,China Chowk, Lahore Contact No: +92 3333446426
Sikandar Karim, Retail Banking Officer, HBL Murree Road Branch Rawalpindi, Contact No: +92 3455306101
Karim Sakhi, Assistant Finance Manger, AKCSP Lahore Contact No: + 92 3469547787
Muhammad Nawaz, IT Administrator, AKCSP Lahore, Contact No: + 92 3004089486
Noor Muhammad, Chief Editor, Pamir Times Contact: + 92 346 2500041