Gilgit, May 14: The people of Gojal Valley were left stranded when a Glaical Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) destroyed whatever remained of the Karakuram Highway. Hundreds of women, men and school going children were forced to wade through the icy cold glacial stream to move between Ghulkin, Hussaini and other villages further north.
People of all ages can be seen crossing the raging glacial stream.
This situation continued for more than a week. The suffering of the people was unbearable.
What followed was a wonderful initiative in which volunteers from the Sanguine Foundation, a local organized founded by four youth from the Ghulkin Village, along with some other volunteers from Ghulkin village, constructed a make-shift foot bridge. The Sanguine Foundation has been operating an ambulance service in the Gojal region fore more than a year.
These photographs depict the making of the make-shift bridge, which is saving the men, women and children of the Gojal Valley from walking in the icy cold and rough glacial water.
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