Flood likely as another lake forms in Hunza


GILGIT: In what could possibly turn out to be a disaster waiting to happen, water has started flowing through a channel after a lake developed in the Hassanabad area of Hunza in Gilgit-Baltistan on Sunday evening.

The lake had developed in the Hassanabad area of Hunza as a result of a glacial burst earlier in the day.

According to locals and eyewitnesses, the mud-filled glacier had blocked the waterflow, disrupting water supply to a power station in Hassanabad and plunging the whole Hunza into darkness. They added that the water has now started flowing, making its way down the stream, risking several areas including Murtazaabad and Aliabad.

A National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) team has reached the location to assess the lake and the possible flooding. The team officials have advised remaining on alert for the time being. The officials have cautioned on the flood washing away several villages and infrastructure in the area.