Water level drops in Hunza; Red Zone declared

Declaring Hunza as Red Zone, nearly 2,000 families have started migration from Batgaram area as water level in Attabad Lake has been dropped drastically since last reports came in.

Section 144 has been imposed in 60 feet area along with Indus River in district Diamir due to danger of lake burst. The area has been declared red zone. Officials said that 22 areas of Diamir would be affected in case of lake burst.

The affectees said imposition of section 144 would increase their suffering. They demanded the government to provide relief like Hunza affectees.

The Administration were of the view that we have accommodated some 33 families with relief goods, foods and tents while due to unavailability of tents, affectees are forced to live in government schools as they are close.

On the other hand Deputy Commissioner Hunza Zafarr Waqar Taj said that the flow of water has decreased to a great extent that another three to five years are on the cards for the outflow of water.

It has been told that via helicopters, 283 affectees have been taken to safer places.

The water level at Attabad lake has surged to 372 feet critical level as the authorities have closed all movement towards the lake.

Administration say that no specific deadline can be given for discharge of the water from the lake through the spillway.

The administration has stopped unnecessary vehicular traffic from Hunza to Gilgit at 0-kilometer patch of Shahrah-e-Resham along the bank of Hunza River.

The military and civic bodies have taken necessary precautionary measures to meet any emergency.

The people living along the river have started evacuation on self help basis. More than 146 villages have been flooded as a result of it. Army has been said to be a high alert to avoid any untoward incident in future.

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