Germany provides Rs 4.2 million humanitarian aid to aggrieved persons of Hunza landslide disaster

Islamabad: An agreement has been signed between the German Embassy Islamabad, represented by Ambassador Dr. Michael Koch, and the Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan (AKF – P), represented by CEO Dr. Karim Alibhai, regarding humanitarian aid to the aggrieved households of the landslide and lake disaster around Attaabad, in the Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan.

The Federal Republic of Germany is providing 4.2 million Pakistani rupees for tents, blankets and hygiene kits as a relief to the internally displaced persons in the affected area, especially to women and children. The measures will be implemented by FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, an affiliate of the AKDN.

A massive landslide disaster in Attaabad, Hunza, on 4 January 2010 left 19 people dead, besides internally displacing over 170 households from four villages. The other major impact of this landslide was the complete blockage of the Hunza River, which has lead to the formation of a huge lake . As a consequence, a growing number of houses have been flooded and thousands of people had to be evacuated from downstream areas as a precautionary measure. The lake has submerged and damaged substantial parts of the Karakoram Highway (KKH), thus cutting off road access and communication links with the upper Hunza Valley and China.

Source: Online News

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