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Villagers alerted after threat of glacial lake burst in GB looms

GILGIT:  The threat of glacial lake burst has prompted the regional disaster management authority to issue alert to nearby villages and residents.

According to APP, the Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA) directed residents of Hassanabad village in Hunza to remain alert in light of a potential threat by glacier surge.

The residents of the village have been directed to vacate their houses and move to higher altitudes if they hear a siren from a nearby FWO camp.

The Shisper glacier, located west of Hassanabad village, has surged during the last six months and a huge supra-glacial lake has been formed which locals fear can burst or overflow causing extensive damage.

GBDMA has urged locals to call 05813-920100 for information and avoid travelling to the Shishper glacier.

A high-level meeting to review the preparedness level was also held at the Force Command Northern Areas (FCNA) headquarters. During the meeting, headed by FCNA Commander Major General Ehsan Mahmood Khan, it was decided that all necessary preparations be completed within two weeks.