Artificial Lake in Attabad area of Hunza is persistently rising, leaving the gap between the Lake and the spillway narrowed to only eight feet, It was observed Saturday ( May 22, 2010 ). Lake water entered into areas of Hussaini. Meantime, protest by the afectees against no announcement of relief package by the government has ended after Deputy Commissioner Hunza Zafar Waqar Taj assured them of release of funds within seven days.
The government was taking all necessary measures to help the victims. The affected people here have turned all in protest against no announcement by the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani for immediate relief package and staged a sit-in near the Lake, exposing their lives to an imminent danger of massive disaster. The government’s tall and inflated claims regarding the provision of electricity, water and other amenities to the camps erected for the affectees from the low-lying areas situated between Hunza Nagar and Gilgit, turned out to be nothing.
The people complained about the non-availability of the facilities at the camps. Over 250 people mainly children and women from a camp here arrived near the lake and staged a sit-in against the government. The protesters said the PM Gilani did not announce any relief package for them in his visit here. According to demonstrators, it is better for them to die in the Lake as it bursts than languish and expire at the camp, adding they would not budge from their current spot until and unless their demands were met.
The protesters raised slogans against the government and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). If the protesters persisted where they were at that time, it could lead to catastrophic situation, as the gap between the spillway and the Lake whittled down to only eight feet. Also, the continuous landsliding could harm them. The protesters, with tears in their eyes, told that the government did nothing for their relief, as their relatives including their brothers and fathers are present on the other bank of the Lake in extreme precarious condition.