Water level in artificial Hunza lake fast rising; reaches alarming level of 353 feet

The water level at landslide-triggered lake in Ata Abad area of Hunza, has fast risen to 353-foot level thus overflowing of Hunza Lake looks on the cards.

According to Focus Foundation sources, people residing in the Danger Zone are being stressed upon to evacuate to safer places, as the lake has risen to a threatening level of 353-foot level owing to the rapid meltdown of glacier in the last two days.

It is worth mentioning here that 18 to 22-foot cusecs of water is falling into the lake; while, water flowing out of the Lake at seven different points is recorded at 80 to 84 cusecs.

The water is fast approaching to the Lake’s mouth, where a spillway has been constructed for water outflow. The water will start pouring out of the spillway within a couple of days and this will be the moment when a massive flood is being feared as a result of huge outpouring of water or breakdown of spillway under severe pressure.

According to the survey, some experts voiced apprehension that the mountain present on each side of the Spillway could throw its debris down at the time of water outpouring and may again cause the closure of Lake’s passage.

Seeing the situation, a total of 18 relief camps have been set up in Gilgit and Hunza; of them, nine are in Hunza Nagar and nine others in Gilgit.

Meantime, the people still living in an area declared as Danger Zone, have been sternly warned to evacuate to the relief camps; otherwise, they would be forced out of their places.

Water level in artificial Hunza lake is fast rising and it has reached level of 353 feet amid the reports that the traders engaged in trade near Pak-China borders have evacuated from the area of Sost in the wake of warning from the government, Sources concluded.

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