Wed. Nov 25th, 2020

Gojal: GLOF wreaks havoc in Hussaini village, water scarce, KKH blocked

The region has a history of GLOF related disasters. The number of GLOFs has relatively increased during the last decade

Water is supplied to the village in pipes  which have now been damaged by the GLOF
Water is supplied to the village in pipes which have now been damaged by the GLOF

Islamabad (Online): Flood caused by glacial lake outburst has wreaked havoc at Hussaini village in Gojal valley of Gilgit-Baltistan, leaving the main water pipelines submerged and people without water for five days, besides blocking the KKH.

Gushing water on Friday evening, completely demolished the main drinking and irrigation pipelines of the village. Dozens of pipes and hundreds of trees have been submerged into the Khunjerab River following the flood, while the KKH has been blocked for transportation.

The region has a history of GLOF related disasters. The number of GLOFs has relatively increased during the last decade
The region has a history of GLOF related disasters. The number of GLOFs has relatively increased during the last decade

The government has failed to initiate any measure to restore water supply for the village and transportation on the KKH, even after passage of four days. However the area Tehsildar visited the affected site but any rescue operation is yet to be started. Hundreds of passengers with dozens of vehicle have been stuck on both sides of the blocked KKH. While the local volunteers and scouts are striving to make way for the passengers to pass the blockade.

Valuable property has been lost by the locals due to the flood induced disaster
Valuable property has been lost by the locals due to the flood induced disaster

It merits a mention that the Hussaini village receives water for irrigation and drinking purpose from a distance of as many as five kilometers from the south bank of the Hussaini Glacier.

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