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Disaster in the making: Survey team reaches Miacher to study widening cracks in mountain gradients

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Miacher Valley

A geological survey team from Islamabad has reached Miacher Valley to study the enlarging fissures in mountain gradients that experts fear to set off a landslide disaster “10 times” larger than the Attabad landslide disaster, which took place on Jan. 4, 2010, in Hunza Valley, killing 19 people and leaving a population of more than 25,000 stranded in Gojal Valley.

According to sources, the team of experts from the Geological Survey of Pakistan has reached the valley situated in Hunza-Nagar district and will spend five days examining behavior of the particular mountain slopes and forecasting possible magnitude of the potential disaster. The team will submit its report to the government of Pakistan at the end of their study.

Geological experts who examined the area lately stated that cracks in the slopes are increasing rapidly, with 9 inches in October to 12 inches now. They also said that if the fissures increase further, it could trigger a landslide catastrophe larger than the one that hit Attabad.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Attabad landslide disaster blocked the Hunza river, and the Karakoram Highway and created the popular Attabad Lake. The KKH and Hunza River still remain blocked. The people of Gojal Valley are still bearing the adverse impacts of the Attabad Disaster in the form of mobility issues, destruction of the local agriculture-based economy and health and economic issues due to blockade of the KKH to mention a few. The disaster has had adverse impact on almost all aspects of the lives of the population living in upstream of the Attabad Lake.

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