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Hunza, February 1: Temporarily blocked spillway of the dammed Hunza River was opened near Attabad at around 5 O’clock this evening by the engineers of Frontier Works Organization. Around 15,000 Cusecs of water started flowing out of the lake initially.
The FWO officials told the media that by mid night the water outflow will reach to around 30,000 Cusecs. Brigadier Khalid Mehmood Ghazir and Colonel Adnan of the FWO said during a brief discussion with the media that the decrease in water level is likely to expose the under-construction bridge connecting Shishkat and Gulmit, which had been caused to submerge by the increase in water level.
He further said that the excavation work will be restarted soon and continued till the end of April. He said that the next target is to lower the water level by 10 feet more by April.
There are reports that the frozen surface of the lake has broken and boats might start operating from tomorrow or the day after.