Hunza: The Birth of a New Lake

On 4 January 2010, a rockslide 1200 meters long, 350 meters wide, and 125 meters high dammed the Hunza River in Attabad, in the Hunza Valley of northern Pakistan, and formed Lake Gojal. “In months, the plugged-up river would submerge eleven miles of the Karakoram Highway, turning a thriving region buzzing with trade from the…

Landslide lake in Pakistan – Boston.com The Big Picture

This was posted few days back. Many of the photographs are exclusively from Pamirtimes.net. As we all know, Bostom.com’s Big Picture is a very influential photo-news website. Five months ago, on January 4th, 2010 in the remote Hunza River Valley of northern Pakistan, a massive landslide buried the village of Attabad, destroying 26 homes, killing…

NASA: Landslide Lake in Northwest Pakistan

A lake created by a landslide in northwest Pakistan continued growing throughout the month of May 2010. The lake extended northward up the Hunza River, past the settlements of Gulmit and Shishkot. Meanwhile, the risk of a breach continued growing, according to geologist David Petley of the International Landslide Centre in the United Kingdom. The…

Attaabad Lake starts overflowing

Hunza—Water has started flowing out from Attaabad Lake through the spillway, said Chairman NDMA General Nadeem Ahmad to mediapesons here. The outflow is recorded 70 to 80 cusecs for the time being and is increasing every half an hour. All government institutes are asked to be on high alert in order to deal with any…

Daily Times – Government unveils Hunza aid package

* PM announces Rs 200,000 for those who have lost their land, Rs 400,000 for completely damaged houses * Each family to get Rs 5,000 monthly for 6 months By Tahir Niaz ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani unveiled a package on Wednesday to provide compensation to the people affected by the Attaabad lake in…

Shamshad Ahmad: Paradise being lost?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – Shamshad Ahmad – The writer is a former foreign secretary This could happen only in a hapless country where NRO-created rulers are too busy fighting the judiciary to bother about people, leaving them to suffer every imaginable hardships ranging from chronic shortages of food, electricity and gas to lawlessness and…

Shahid Siddiqui: Hunza Disaster and Schools

HUNZA has been a role model for the rest of Pakistan in terms of its high literacy rate and school enrolment figures. According to one estimate, the literacy rate of Hunza is around 90 per cent, which becomes even more impressive when we consider the geographical location and complex terrain of the area. Despite the…