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2 Rafts donated by Chinese government reach Sost, likely to facilitate transportation across dammed Hunza River

A raft is seen wading through the frozen river in the Gojal Valley. Last year the Pakistan Army operated rafts provided transportation facilities to the stranded populace. The increase in number of rafts is also likely to benefit the traders. PT File Photo (2010)

Farhat Ullah Baig [Corrected]

SOST, December 26: The Government of People’s Republic of China has donated two rafts to facilitate transportation across the dammed Hunza River. The rafts were received today at Sost Gojal, the border town of Pakistan, where the Sost Dry Port is also located.

According to officials the rafts will be shifted to Hussaini Gojal, from where they will be used to facilitate movement across the freezing dammed Hunza River.

The 22 plus kilometre long dammed river was formed on January 4, 2010, after a major portion of a hamlet called Attabad slid down and blocked the Hunza gorge.

It is pertinent to note that the Chinese government has also donated petrol and diesel as part of its efforts to facilitate the people affected due to the mega landslide disaster.

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