Upsurge in lake as glacier collapses

Upsurge in lake as glacier collapses

17 May 2010
The Dawn
Zulfiqar Ali Khan

HUNZA: Water flow in the lake formed after a landslide blocked the Hunza River early this year rose by a staggering 3,100 cusecs on Monday when an upstream glacier-lake burst, fuelling fears that more areas in the Gojal valley will be submerged. Already there were reports that property and orchards in low-lying areas of Shishkat, Gulmit, Ghulkin and Hussaini had been submerged. Seepage at six points in the debris of the landslide has increased to 150 cusecs. About 23 feet of the freeboard still remains to be overtopped by the lake. A boat service to the landlocked Gojal tehsil was suspended on Monday due to the inclement weather. Officials said that the helicopter service would be resumed once the weather improved. The region saw heavy rain on Monday. The depth of the 18km lake has reached 350 feet and the daily inflow in the lake surged to 3,100 cusecs, up from 2,300 cusecs, due to the glacier-lake burst on Monday.


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