Hunza lake spillway to begin by midnight

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo Friday said that water outflow through spillway will begin at Hunza Lake by midnight.

Speaking in Islambad, the Minister appealed to the residents of low lying areas to shift to the camps.

He said wheat has been stored in Gojal for 25000 IDPs for two months.

Gap between Ataabad lake water, spillway narrows

HUNZA: Ataabad lake water level is only 2 feet below from the spillway, authorities say.

If is being expected that water outflow from the landslide hit lake can spill out anytime.

On the other hand, water level continues to rise in the lake due to incessant rains recorded in Ataabad and its adjoining areas.

The deputy commissioners of Hunzanagar and Diamer closed the Shahra-e-Karokoram in the wake of red alert.

Due to unpleasant weather condition, chopper service also remained suspended during the day.

According to NDMA officials, the rescue operation could be resumed if weather situation improved.

Next 24 hours crucial as distance between lake, spillway lessen

GILGIT BALTISTAN: The local administration has declared next 24 hours crucial as the distance between lake level and spillway reducing swiftly, Geo News reported Friday.

Local administration said water level in Attabad Lake increasing sharply due to rain and coming 24 hours are crucial. Sporadic rain could halt helicopter service for the affectees, which multiplies the sufferings of the affectees.

Also, Karakoram Highway till Gilgit has been closed for indefinite period because of possible water spill from the lake. The closure disconnected land link between Hunza and Gilgit.

Ataabad lake water likely to enter spillway tonight

HUNZA: The distance between Ataabad lake water and spillway is down to less than four feet, Geo has reported from Hunza.

Amid possibility of water outflow, Hunza authorities have closed Gilgit-Hunza section of Karkoram Highway for traffic.

In addition, an IDP camp, which comprises of 400 tents, has being shifted to Special Education Complex after being declared dangerous.

Hunza Nagar Deputy Commissioner Zafar Waqar Taj said that people have been advised to stay at high areas away from the river.

Although a number of helicopters are already taking part in the rescue operation. However, in the wake of possible outflow of water, more helicopters will be used.

The Hunza DC said that next 36 hours are very important in this regard.

He hoped that the arrangements being made during the last four months to prevent human losses would bear fruits.

Taj further said the current level in Ataabad Lake is 360 feet and its level is increasing by one inch after every hour.