The local communities living along the downstream of a stream in Hasanabad valley are facing serious threat from an artificial lake. This lake was formed after Shisper Glacier fell apart and blocked the flow of the stream. An assessment report prepared by the Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (G-BDMA) warned that the lake might burst any time and cause damage to the local people, and infrastructure situated downstream.
According to sources, the possible lake burst can submerge a portion of Karakoram Highway, a bridge, houses, as well as large tracts of fertile land. Around 50 homes are located where the artificial lake has been formed. This situation is looks similar that what people faced after the formation of an artificial lake in Atta Abad area in 2010.
The local authorities and Gilgit Baltistan government is trying to help out the local people to save their lives and properties. “Mock exercises are being carried out with the locals to train them to face any emergency situation,” Commissioner Gilgit Kamal Khan told the media after visiting the area.
Kamal Khan , who visited the site along with force commander and region’s chief secretary, said safe routes for evacuation of communities have been identified such that they could escape the area safely in case of an emergency.
G-BDMA Director General Farid Ahmad said the protective work to safeguard public and private properties is under way, and an amount of more than Rs30 million had already been released to departments concerned in this regard.
Addressing the community at Hasanabad, the chief secretary unveiled a contingency plan under which 40,000 wheat bags, besides medicines have also been arranged to meet a disaster.
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17 November, 2019