[News]. Outflow 5,100 cusec, inflow 5,400 cusec Hunza Lake creating Fear of Flooding

ISLAMABAD, Jun 13 (APP): Water level in the lake formed by a landslide in Hunza River is increasing again, creating fear of flooding among the people of Gojal tehsil. High temperatures in recent days have accelerated glacier melting thus increasing inflow in the lake, a news channel reported while quoting sources on Sunday. The swelling of lake has been attributed to the inadequacy of the spillway as a less amount of water (cuse5,100 c) is flowing through it against the inflow (5,400 cusec).
The water level in Gulmit and Shishkat rose by eight inches and water also entered the rooms of a prominent hotel in Gulmit.
Experts have warned of further damage in residential and commercial areas upstream if the spillway, built at a cost of Rs. 80 million, is not widened immediately.
Local people pointed out that 200 houses, 135 shops and six hotels had already been submerged by water in Ayeenabad, Shishkat, Gulmit and Ghulkin.  Muhammad Arman, a resident of Gulmit asked the authorities to act pro-actively to deal with the situation. Because of the situation the local economy had been affected and the government should extend support to rehabilitate it.
Muhammad Ali, a resident of Shishkat, said 80 per cent of the villages had been submerged by water and the remaining areas faced the same threat.
A resident of Ayeenabad said there was a lack of public transport in the area and asked the authorities to move families to camps in Aliabad. He said helicopter service was not enough and called for restarting the boat service.
Meanwhile, notices have been issued for the evacuation of five houses situated near the Lake in Gulmit, another news channel reported.
Quoting government sources, it said the lake water is making cuts near the Spillway; however, it is at slow pace. The weather is pleasant in Attaabad and Hunza; accordingly, the helicopter service for the evacuation of the affected people to safer places would continue.   The experts said spillway breakdown is no way imminent in near future.

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