Hunza, February 16: The Attabad spillway will be opened on February 27. According to Hunza – Nagar district administration the date has been extended in view of the fact that currently the amount of water inflow and outflow are equal, so there is no net increase in the level of lake in upstream areas.
Despite of construction of a barrier on the spillway the flow of water was not completely stopped, as some water kept seeping through the the barrier. It has now been measured that the total inflow and the current outflow are equal so keeping the temporary blockade intact may not lead to any disaster in the upstream areas, according to an official of the district administration.
It is pertinent to note that already two deadlines for opening of the spillway have been cancelled. The first deadline was set for 15 February, which was extended to the 18th and now it has again been extended by 8 days, to February 27. The extension will enable FWO workers to carry out more excavation work on the spillway, the district official told Pamir Times.
The amount of water released from the lake may also exceed 50,000 Cusecs, according to different sources, in which case the flooding is likely to be more. Different organizations, including GBDMA, FOCUS and Pakistan Red Crescent Society have started preparations to tackle any emergency situation.