Hunza: Fear of Gilgit inundation rise with water level in lake

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The water-level continues to rise in an artificial lake created due to a massive landslide in a remote part of Gilgit-Baltistan, raising fears of flashfloods in downstream villages.
The landslide had blocked the Hunza River at the Attabad area, forming an artificial lake that is submerging upstream villages as it swells. If the lake breaks it banks, flashfloods could inundate downstream villages, disconnecting Gilgit from the rest of the country besides cutting the water supply from Tarbela Dam to the rest of the country.
The artificial lake is over 13kms long and around 80m deep. Official sources said that the water-level in the lake was rising more than 2.5 feet a day.


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