Gilgit - Baltistan

FWO confirms opening of Attabad spillway on February 27

FWO jawans drilling the temporary blockade on spillway of dammed Hunza River. Photo: Abdul Waheed

PT Report

Hunza, February 25: The Frontier Works Organization has confirmed that the temporary blockade created on spillway of the dammed Hunza River will be removed on February 27, according to the declared schedule.

Removal of the blockade is likely to create a flood-like situation in the Hunza gorge, with outflow estimated at around 50,000 Cusecs. People have been asked to avoid traveling on the KKH on February 27, as some low laying areas may be affected due to erosion or bank collapse.

Residents of some very low-laying areas have been advised to move to safer areas. The district administrations of Hunza – Nagar, Gilgit and Diamer have been instructed on the precautionary measures, along with humanitarian organizations, including FOCUS and Pakistan Red Crescent Society, sources informed.

The sirens installed by Focus Humanitarian Assistance at up to 10 vulnerable locations have also been readied for early warning, in case of any eventuality, an official informed.

The GB Police and other relevant departments have been instructed to stay alert.

Meanwhile, the schools and other academic institutions in the Hunza -Nagar district will remain closed, according to official sources.

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