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Islamabad, June 28 (PT): The promise of expanding the spillway and ensuring discharge of 40,000 Cusecs of water out of the dammed Hunza River within ten days could not be completed by the National Disaster Management Authority.
The current water discharge out of the lake is around 15000 Cusecs.
Water level has receded in the upstream valleys by around 13 inches during the last two days.
Volunteers, including women, have vowed to reach the lake barrier and start expansion work. Government, on the other hand, has said that people would not be allowed to work on the spillway.
It is pertinent to note here that yesterday a group of people belonging to Shishkat and Ayeenabad warned of collective suicide, by jumping in the lake in groups of five, if the spillway was not expanded immediately. They said that the government is willingly not expanding the spillway under political pressure from a powerful lobby despite of knowing the fact that controlled blasts can not breach the lake destructively.
They said that the already cracked portions of the spillway on either sides can be collapsed earlier and size of the spillway increased.
Around 200 houses and thousands of Kanals of cultivated land has been destroyed by the surging lake in the upstream Gojal Valley.