Shisper Glacier Poses Threat to The Locals in Hunza

Shisper glacier

The Shisper glacier which is situated in the West of Hassanabad village in Hunza is posing a huge threat for the locals in Hunza with every passing day.

The Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA) assistant director said that the one thousand three-hundred-metre-wide and six hundred feet long glacier is moving fast towards the villages in which the locals are residing.

The assistant director said that the Shisper glacier has shifted 1,750 meters towards the villages in the span of the last 3 months.

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He also said that 2 powerhouses have shut down due to which seventy percent of the population of Hunza has been rendered without electricity.

Owing to the glacier surge a part of the under-construction powerhouse has also been affected.

During the last 6-months, the glacier has increased, and a huge supra-glacial lake has been formed instead which locals of the area fear could burst or overflow anytime thus causing damage at huge level.

Earlier week, the GBDMA instructed the residents of Hassanabad village to remain on alert and cooperate with th authorities in light of the potential threat because of the glacier surge.

The locals of the village were instructed to empty their houses and move to higher altitudes in case they hear some siren from a close by FWO camp.

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