The inhabitants of Gojal can hear, feel, and dread the nimble footfalls of water that is rising, extending, and seeping into newly found tracks, obliterating everything on its way. Their days are obsessed with the fear of fast approaching water. Their night’s sleep is marred by the nightmares of ferocious waves of the Hunza River. Will it catch us unawares? Is it a matter of weeks, or days or hours? Among them are also young girls and boys whose schools are either damaged or on the list of potential targets of brutal water, gushing out and gulping whatever comes in its way.
The government needs to act fast. Gojal should be declared a calamity-hit area, extending rightful facilities to its residents. The debris removal work should be expedited by extending the shifts to 24 hours and increasing the labour and number of machines.
The silver lining in this depressing situation, however, is the positive role of the community. The people of Gojal, especially the youth, came out enthusiastically to help the victims of the catastrophe. The role of FOCUS, a partner of the Aga Khan Development Network, is commendable. The Ismaili Local Council is also actively engaged in helping people to meet the challenge. The young boys and girls of Gojal, living in other cities of Pakistan, are trying hard to create awareness of the issue through peaceful rallies. Let us do our best to save our paradise that has started sinking beneath the water.
More: Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – VIEW: The sinking paradise of Gojal —Dr Shahid Siddiqui.
Its very sad and frustrating that people and consumer junkies pollute and exploit their environment in most part of the world and WE, the poeple of hunza, who have nothing to do with environmental pollution face all negative after effects in terms of melting glaciers, land slidings, avalanches etc etc….
….I had never experienced (and thought about) such a hot climate in gilgit /Hunza which i experienced last summer.
Sooner of later, global warming and environmental exploitation will totally melt down our glaciers, severely affecting our agricultural sector (specially our food products) and overall economy.
We need to fight for environment since we seem to be the ones who are getting severely affected by it.
What you think guys???