Landslide disaster at Attabad – Hunza

By Noor Muhammad ⋅ January 7, 2010

The worst happened on January 4 when the already cracked mountain located above a beautiful, tiny, hamlet called Attabad slid off and buried most of the village, along with the people who had chosen to live in it, its cattle, houses, fields and orchards. The land mass that slid off has completely blocked the Hunza River gorge. More than two kilometers of the gorge through which the river once flowed is now filled with sand and rocks over, turning the river into an expanding lake, posing great risk to the low-lying villages of Gojal Valley.

Gilgit Hunza RoadMore than two and a half kilometers of the Karakuram Highway has been completely destroyed, disconnecting Gojal Valley from the rest of Hunza. This blockade has severe implications for life in Gojal valley, as the supply of food, medicines and other essentials is not likely to take place till complete opening of the road. The government will have to seriously work on air – supply of such essentials of life.

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The role of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, an affiliated institution of AKDN, is also highly appreciable because it trained, organized and equipped groups of local people to work in the times of disaster, enabling them to work on their own in a more organized manner. This is despite of the fact that the onus of governance and community empowerment primarily rests with the state and not the non – governmental organizations.

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, its achievements and humanitarian works.

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  1. A big ‘thank you’ to FOCUS for providing greatly needed disaster relief.

    Our hearfelt condolences to the families of all deceased at this tragic time. May Mowla grant strength, courage and fortitude to all who are affected by this natural disaster.

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    1. I pray all thoes famlies who suffer from this desister,Molana Hazir Imam give strength. pray for deceased souls that they rest in peace. We appreciate that Focus will play an excellent job in this difficult.

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  2. I pray for all families who suffer from this disasters. May Mowla give streangth to all families. I pray for deceased souls that they rest in peace. It is my hope that Focus will play an important role in this difficult time.

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  3. Certainly, the victems who are shifted to Aliabad Hunza, are quite in need of your assistance/help/support at the movment. Therefore, if you kindly circulate this message among our brothers & sister around the world especially in canada, this way they can help the needy/innocent victems.

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  4. i pray for all deceased souls that they rest in peace,and who suffer from this disaster. may moula give courage to bear this difficult time

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  5. We pray for all families who suffer from this disasters. May Mowla give streangth to all families.We pray for deceased souls that they rest in peace. We appreciate that Focus will play an excellent job in this difficult time.

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  6. FOCUS has done excellent work in providing timely relief and FOCUS trained volunteers are working day and night with the affected people.FOCUS has been doing excellent work in creating awareness about natural disasters and mitigation and training youth as volunteers.Thank you FOCUS Pakistan.

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  7. i pray to all families who suffer form this disasters may mowla give strearth and muskil aasan to all families i thanks to FOCUS for providing greatly needed disaster relief Dilshad Aslam .hunza ahmad abad

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