PT Report| Image: Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Hunza – Nagar, September 17: A mountain slope in Miachar village of Nagar valley, located above the Hunza River, has become active, posing serious threats to life and property of around 380 households living in the village.
A massive slope failure may also result in damming of the Hunza River, according to local people.
The local people told this reporter that a massive slope failure had resulted in blockade of the Hunza River somewhere in 1908.
The blockade failed within a couple of days, the people reportedly heard from their ancestors. “But that failure took place in June or July, when the Hunza River was at peak flow”, a local man told this scribe.
There are also reports about blockade of the Hunza River at a place called Hakuchar somewhere around 1937, in vicinity of Miachar.
It is pertinent to note that the Hunza River is already blocked in the upstream valley, near Attabad, due to the famous landslide of January 4, 2010.
There is a need to conduct complete scientific study of Miachar, Hakuchar and other active sites in the vicinity to assess the situation at hand and take preparatory measures.
The Geographical Survey of Pakistan, NESPAK and other relevant government and other organizations shall mobilize their resources and help avert losses to human lives and property.