Gulmit, March 2: The rate of decrease of water in the dammed Hunza River has slowed down considerably during the last two days. The total decrease in water level has reached around 25 feet, including 12 feet of water that had stored after construction of the temporary blockade of the spillway.
During the last two days, the Karakuram Highway has resurfaced in Gulmit, the Tehsil headquarters, bringing hope and joy in the valley. Surface of the KKH, reportedly, is covered with around 2-3 feet of silt accumulated during the last 26 months, starting January 2010.
Local people have expressed satisfaction over the scale of excavation carried out by FWO. “Another effort this spring will take the water level further down and the fields will reappear”, a local person, Mehboob, told Pamir Times. He hoped that the FWO will make another attempt this year to excavate the spillway again by 10 to 15 feet.