SHIMSHAL (Gojal), July 31: Sudden rise in Shimshal river level has swept away a suspension bridged, damaged forests and blocked the only road linking the village with nearby towns in Gojal upper Hunza, local people said by phone.
The river broke its banks on Monday due to an alarming increase in its level, damaging a suspension bridge on the east of the village that links the main town with other settlements and the Pamir pastures. It also damaged forests and orchards, damaged the only road from KKH at Passu town to the village disconnecting it from the rest of the Gojal Tehsil in Hunza District.
FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance Pakistan has issued alert predicting a high risk for the Shimshal valley comprised of a cluster of half a dozen settlements in coming days.
Earlier on Saturday, a vehicle with 13 passengers on board fell into the river bed as the road caved-in due to erosion beneath the road. However, the passengers remained safe as huge boulders saved the Toyota Land Cruiser from falling into the river averting a major disaster.
—Photos and additional input by Niamat Karim Farhadi