Excerpt: In the video, shot from a GoPro, Khan is seen along with three other friends of his going around a host of places in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. The velfie, at times with adorable children and goats, is punctuated with breathtaking timelapses of the mountains. Among the locations featured include the road to Naran, Lulusar lake, Babusar pass, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Baltit Fort, Eagle’s Nest in … Continue reading A different agenda: Moin Khan’s ‘velfie’ through northern areas of Pakistan – The Express Tribune
“Responsible Tourism creates better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.” – 2002 Cape Town Declaration for Responsible Tourism 5th November 2014 – Serena Hotels celebrated World Responsible Tourism Day today on 5th November 2014, as an “Official Supporter of World Travel Market (WTM) supported by UNWTD” reinforcing its commitment to operating as a responsible tourism business and its … Continue reading Serena Hotels Pakistan – Official Supporter of World Travel Market celebrates World Responsible Tourism Day 2014 at Attabad Lake, Hunza
ATTABAD, 14 July 2014 IRIN – Four and a half years after a landslide and subsequent flooding in northern Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan State killed 19 people and displaced around 25,000, a solution to the plight of local residents seems as far off as ever.
The area that used to house a handful of bustling communities is a 22km-long pool of water dubbed Attabad Lake. Looking out from its banks, the shells of dozens of homes rise up from the blue-green waters.
via http://www.himalmag.com, by Danial Shah – The new realities of life for villagers in Hunza Valley who lost their homes and lands to a natural lake following a 2010 landslide.
On 4 January 2010, a massive landslide near Attabad village in northern Pakistan blocked the flow of the Hunza River. As a lake formed behind the natural dam, it flooded five villages, including over 200 houses, and displaced more than 6000 people. It also submerged a 19 km stretch of the Karakoram Highway, cutting off road access to the surrounding area. Attabad had been evacuated beforehand, following forecasts of a massive landside by Focus Humanitarian Assistance Pakistan Continue reading “After the flood: The new realities of life for villagers in Hunza Valley”
Life is unpredictable at every instant. Anything can happen at any time, either good or bad because this is the law of nature. Any natural calamity may disrupt the nature because this is nature. Therefore, we need to ready ourselves all the time in order to handle the situation with care and ease. If things go wrong, we cannot blame our fate or nature, rather we should step back and solve the problem using our senses.
On 4th January 2010, a natural disaster – landslide – struck over and disrupted the entire area of Atta Abad. The victims of landslide were shifted to Altit village, where they are currently living in shelters. The picture on the right is very recent, which I took while crossing the road. I did not want to make any picture but the embraced faces of these children had grabbed my attention from far away because their faces were glowing due to hot weather. Though these people live in shelter, it is extremely hard. The metal roof has made their lives difficult, due to which the small children suffer a lot. Continue reading “Aliya Dad: Life is unpredictable at every instant”
Via Flicker: This lady recently visited Hunza for an assessment of areas damaged by the 2010 slides.
I am breathless. I am breathless. I am breathless. I am speechless. I cannot breath nor can I speak because I am homeless. I cannot shout nor can I laugh because I am homeless. I am breathless. I am speechless. I cannot play nor can I dance because I am friendless. I cannot fight nor can I argue because I am friendless. I am breathless. … Continue reading Who Should Hear My Heart’s sigh!
By Aaliya, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan What comes into your mind when you look at this person, who seems quite and desperate? By looking at this image, I can imagine that this person could be a strong and a professional, who might be thinking about his future. However, this person is basically jobless because he is blind, deaf, and speech disabled. In July 2012 I was doing a project … Continue reading The Fable of My Life: Atta Abad Landslide Disaster
After a landslide created a dam, the village on the Karakoram Highway was cut off – and the rescue effort has been slow via Attabad, the Pakistani mountain village that is now an island | World news | guardian.co.uk. Continue reading Attabad, the Pakistani mountain village that is now an island | guardian.co.uk
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 Chinese border into scattered clumps of unconnected villages,” writes Natasha … Continue reading Hunza: The Birth of a New Lake
This summer has seen a cooling of US-Pakistan relations due to both the imminent withdrawal of allied forces from Afghanistan and the Taliban backlash witnessed across the region. In response, Beijing has assured Islamabad of its support for stability and development in the country. An interesting element of this reaffirmation involves the dilemma of the Attabad Lake, the area of the Hunza River that has … Continue reading Revisiting Attabad: A year on in Hunza, how far along the road to normalcy?
On a recent trip to the Hunza Valley, this scribe came across an interesting protest by young students in Ahmedabad town. With placards in their hands, scores of school children were chanting slogans as they passed through the streets of main Ahmedabad Bazaar. They were demanding the local authorities to shift the Attabad IDPs from their school. We want our school back, the youngsters maintained. … Continue reading “We want our school back!” Attabad Students | Dawn.com
Thousands living up and down the 23-kilometre-long lake are still under threat from the lake that was created by the landslide. Many people in Gilgit-Baltistan believe that the Attabad Lake disaster is the biggest-ever calamity to have hit the region. “It is such a big disaster that even the region’s history is silent about it [in shock],” says Farman Karim, who lost four of his … Continue reading Attabad landslide lake: One year on, the threat is still looming – The Express Tribune
ISLAMABAD: People in a far-flung valley of the western impoverished Ghizer District are living under constant fear of disaster as a mountain at a village has started slipping down, posing Attabad-like danger to the inhabitants. According to reports, the mountain had developed cracks and started moving down posing danger to 7,000 people of the Thoi Valley in Yasin Tehsil […] Locals said frequent landslides have … Continue reading Imminent disaster: Mountain slip threatens Thoi – The Express Tribune
Three friends and I went on vacation to Pakistan on the spur of the moment and walked into a disaster zone. We weren’t being reckless; we had no idea what was to come as we made the easy journey along China’s famed Karakoram Highway and across the border into Pakistan’s remote Hunza Valley. Isolated by flooding on arrival, we had no idea that the rest … Continue reading Trapped by Flooding Disaster in Remote Valley That Pakistan Forgot: Travel – Bloomberg
GILGIT, 18 July 2010 (IRIN) – Receding water levels on the lake formed in the Hunza River by a landslide in January this year have raised hopes among the 20,000 or so people displaced by the disaster that they may soon be able to return to their villages. Activists with Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an international group of agencies affiliated with the Aga Khan Development … Continue reading IRIN Asia | PAKISTAN: Hunza flood-displaced hope for early return
PT Report Hunza: Thousands of people in the disaster hit Hunza Valley joined their Ismaili brothers and sisters across the globe in celebrating the 53rd Imamat Day on July 11, a ceremony symbolizing H.H. The Aga Khan’s accession to the throne of Imamat. Grand celebrations were held in Shishkat and Gulmit, two of the worst affected villages of Gojal valley. IDPs of Attabad celebrated Imamat … Continue reading Salgirah in the times of disaster (via PAMIR TIMES)
By Shoaib Sultan Khan Having spent 12 years in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral while implementing the Agha Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), I have developed empathy with the people of the area. My heart went out to the people of Attaabad, when I read on the Internet about the catastrophe that had struck them. On returning to Pakistan, I was yearning to commiserate with the people … Continue reading Daily Times – Attaabad victims await rehabilitation, assistance