Glacial lake outburst flood in Chitral is predicted by PDMA
CHITRAL: Deputy commissioner Chitral has issued advisory
notes to the residents of Golen and Gohkir villages in view of the
impending danger of glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) during the
coming couple of days and have revamped the safe havens in both the
villages with necessary items.
Based on the alert notice sent by the provincial disaster
management authority (PDMA), the Chitral DC has also directed the
management of WAPDA to shift the heavy machinery at the intake
point of the power channel of Golen Gol Hydropower project which is
feared to be hit by the high flood.
Advisory note has also been conveyed to Sarhad Rural Support
Program (SRSP) management in Chitral to shift its machinery to
higher altitude from the site of its under-construction 2-mega watt
hydro power project which is at the final stage of completion.
Chitral DC Osma Ahmed Warraich told Chitral Times that the
managements of both the hydropower projects have started making
adequate managements for the safety of the machinery in case the
flood hits the valley as a result of the anticipated glacial lake
He said that the intake point of the Golen Gol hydropower project
may not be affected badly due to its specific design and its
location while the power channel and the site of power station is
absolutely safe from the range of flood.
He said that the safe havens established in the both the villages
by a foreign funded project have been provided with both food and
non-food items to meet the basic necessities of the displaced
persons in case of outburst of glaciers takes place resulting in
Mr. Warraich said that all the government-owned buildings in the
valleys including schools and dispensaries situated at higher
altitudes have also been declared as safe havens where the
displaced persons can take shelter.
Meanwhile, the district program manager of SRSP, Tariq Ahmed told
Chitral Times that work on the power project was not stopped to
ensure its complete during the stipulated time while the project
was launched to electrify the Chitral town which faced acute
shortage of power.
Mr. Ahmed said that as per advisory note issued by the district
administration, the safety measures have been envisaged in case of
flood but at the same time, the work will not face deceleration.
Last year, the valley of Gohkir flanking the Bindu Gol stream had
been devastated by GLOF in which more than one hundred families
were rendered homeless.