A different agenda: Moin Khan’s ‘velfie’ through northern areas – The Express Tribune

A different agenda: Moin Khan’s ‘velfie’ through northern areas of Pakistan – The Express Tribune

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

Serena Hotels Pakistan celebrated World Responsible Tourism Day 2014 at Attabad Lake Hunza, Official Supporter of World Travel Market

Serena Hotels Pakistan – Official Supporter of World Travel Market celebrates World Responsible Tourism Day 2014 at Attabad Lake, Hunza

“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 Disaster: Pakistan flood victims await unfulfilled promises

Attabad Landslide Disaster: Pakistan flood victims await unfulfilled promises

Attabad Disaster: Pakistan flood victims await unfulfilled promises
The 21-kilometer Attabad Lake was created by a landslide in 2010. Currently to cross it, goods have to be hauled onto boats.© Umar Farooq/IRIN

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.

Continue reading “Attabad Landslide Disaster: Pakistan flood victims await unfulfilled promises”

After the flood: The new realities of life for villagers in Hunza Valley

After the flood: The new realities of life for villagers in Hunza Valleyvia 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”

Aliya Dad: Life is unpredictable at every instant

Aliya Dad: Life is unpredictable at every instantLife 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”

dadima: Short trip to Hunza to view damage done by the 2010 slide

Via Flicker: This lady recently visited Hunza for an assessment of areas damaged by the 2010 slides.

dadima: Short trip to Hunza to view damage done by the 2010 slide

Click here to view the source URL

Who Should Hear My Heart’s sigh!

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!

The Fable of My Life: Atta Abad Landslide Disaster

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

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 Chinese border into scattered clumps of unconnected villages,” writes Natasha … Continue reading Hunza: The Birth of a New Lake

Revisiting Attabad: A year on in Hunza, how far along the road to normalcy?

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?

“We want our school back!” Attabad Students | Dawn.com

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

Attabad landslide lake: One year on, the threat is still looming – The Express Tribune

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

Imminent disaster: Mountain slip threatens Thoi – 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