Fake lake in Hunza: The proceeding with the Shisper Glacier flood and the ensuing formation of a dammed lake has made the dread of another Attabad lake-like calamity in Hunza.
An appraisal report arranged by the Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA) has cautioned that the dammed lake may blast whenever and cause gigantic harm to the nearby individuals, basic framework and establishments arranged downstream. The Shisper Glacier, a couple of kilometres from Hasanabad town in Hunza, began to flood in May a year ago.
The bizarre flood has blocked the water stream from a stream starting in adjacent to Muchuhur Glacier, which typically falls into the Hunza waterway at Hasanabad, along these lines shaping a fake lake.
A GBDMA official revealed that growing step by step, the dammed lake was spread more than 700 meters, with a profundity of 300 feet, and the ice sheet was flooding at a speed of seven meters for every day towards Hasanabad.
The authority said that as indicated by the GBDMA appraisal, the conceivable lake burst could submerge a part of Karakoram Highway, an extension, more than 100 houses in Hasanabad, two powerhouses, a Frontier Works Organization (FWO) camp office and several canals of fruitful land. At the same time, it may also obstruct the River Hunza’s stream.
He said that the GBDMA was checking the ice sheet flood and the dammed lake every day, and specialists had visited the territory and surveyed the conceivable harm if there should be an occurrence of the lake burst.
He said an early cautioning framework had been introduced in the region with the help of satellite cameras, and nearby inhabitants had been prompted about measures to be taken in a crisis.
Further, he added that if the icy mass flood proceeded at the present speed, it might hit the 2MW Hasanabad control station downstream of the frozen mass in about fourteen days, according to the experts.
In the interim, a gathering held at the Chief Secretary House in Gilgit on Saturday talked about strides to be taken to adapt to any crisis, said a public statement. The gathering was led by GB Chief Secretary resigned commander Khurram Agha and gone to by authorities concerned.
The gathering was informed that amid the coming summer season, the speed of icy mass liquefying and flooding of the lake could trigger a catastrophe. Be that as it may, the GBDMA had advanced a component to adapt to any crisis.
It was informed that the Army had led a review of the territory and a report would be sent to the specialists after the fulfilment of information preparation.
The central secretary guided the GB works division to erect defensive dividers along Hasanabad Nullah by Feb 15 to ensure houses and establishments were arranged along the stream. The sustenance office was coordinated to store nourishment and medications for five months in the upstream zones.
The principal secretary asked the National Highway Authority to take measures to redirect vehicular traffic from the zone if Hasanabad connect to Karakorum Highway was submerged. The FWO would build an elective extension.
The gathering comprised a panel headed by GB Home Secretary Jawad Akram to audit the circumstance and send proposals to the principal secretary. The panel relegated the undertaking of proposing measures for clearing influenced individuals if there should be an occurrence of a crisis.
In the interim, the inhabitants of Hasanabad have communicated disappointment over the measures taken by the organization to ensure neighbourhood individuals and foundations in the event of a crisis.
The Hasanabad Youth Organization president Tariq Jamil said that the circumstance was disturbing in the zone, yet the organization was not genuine about ensuring the helpless.
He said that no means had been taken to ensure local people if the lake burst. “The icy flooding mass is just five kilometres from Hasanabad,” he said. A conceivable lake burst could submerge houses in the town and square stream of Hunza waterway, making an Attabad lake-like fiasco he dreaded.
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