| GEO Pakistan|
| Army Chief monitoring Hunza lake situation: Commander|
| Updated at: 0114 PST, Thursday, May 27, 2010|
GILGIT: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani is personally monitoring the rise of water level in Atta Abad Hunza lake.
This was stated by Commander of the Armed forces in Gilgit-Baltistan, Major General Qamar Javed Bajwa in a news briefing here Wednesday. He said the land sliding was not a new phenomena in the area rather it had occurred in the past as well. He disclosed that through optic fiber the army chief and he himself were monitoring the situation.
The Commander said the next 48 hours were very crucial, as the water from the lake would start getting released within this timeframe.
He was said that unprecedented helicopter service backed up the communication system and it was used for transportation of passengers as well as edibles.
The commander assured that Pak Army was fully prepared to handle the lake issue in a professional way and said that compensation for the human loss was paid and assessment for the property loss was also being made which would materialize in course of time.
He said a format for the assessment of losses was designed just to make the entire process transparent, and in this regard, a Major of the army would be part of the surveying team.
Major General Qamar Javed Bajwa termed the relief camps, set for the Internally Displaced People, better than of Sawat and Azad Jammu and Kashmir and said that it was the duty of civil government to facilitate the affectees and the army was only a supporting element.
The commander said army medical teams were on a stand by, to handle any untoward situation, along with medicines and an effective communication system.
The general said that in case of water wave of 20,000 cusec the bridges would be damaged, adding, an alternate system had been prepared by the army to carry on transport services.