Pakistan biggest ever artificial lake in the history, the Attabad lake, Hunza, The water level at landslide triggered lake in Attabad area of Hunza has risen to the level of 353 feet on Sunday May 16, 2010.
The people residing in the danger zone are being stressed upon to evacuate to safer places, as the lake has risen to a threatening level, owing to rapid meltdown of glacier during the last two days.
According to Focus Foundation monitoring the Lake, 18- to 22-foot cusecs of water is falling into the lake; while, water flowing out of the Lake at seven different points is recorded at 80 to 84 cusecs.
The water is fast approaching to the Lake’s mouth, where a spillway has been constructed for water outflow. The water will start flowing out through the spillway within a couple of days and this will be the moment when a massive flood is being feared as a result of huge outpouring of water or breakdown of spillway under severe pressure.
According to the survey, some experts voiced apprehension that the mountains present on each side of the Spillway could throw their debris down at the time of water outpouring and may again cause closure of the Lake’s passage.
In the wake of the situation, a total of 18 relief camps have been set up in Gilgit and Hunza. Nine of the camps are in Hunza Nagar and nine in Gilgit. The people who are still living in an area declared as ëDanger Zoneí, have been sternly warned to evacuate to the relief camps; otherwise, they would be forced out of their places.
Meanwhile, it is being feared that the leakage or busting or the bank of the Atta Abad Lake could affect all of the five districts of Hazara Division. According to a news channel, the people living on the bank of Indus River have been directed to vacate the area in the wake of growing water level in the lake.
Oogi, Kala Dhaka and Darband areas of Mansehra district; Shalnai, Jambela, Sost Viyar, Thakot, Goryal Bala, Goryal Payan and Kund areas of Battagram district and Basham area of Shangla district have been put on red alert.
Similarly, Dasu, Pattan, Dobair and Pamela areas of Kohistan and Batal area of Abbottabad could be affected by the flooding. According to former federal minister Azam Khan, 300 to 400 families have migrated from Thakot area of Battagram.