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This is an incredible series of photographs
On January 4th, 2010 in the remote Hunza River Valley of northern
Pakistan , a massive landslide buried the village of Attabad ,
destroying 26 homes, killing 20 people, and damming up the
Hunza River . As the newly-formed lake grew, authorities rushed
to evacuate and supply those affected in the landslide area and
upstream. The lake is now over 300 feet deep and 16km (10 mi) long
, submerging miles of highway, farms and homes. Earlier this week
the lake reached the top of the natural dam, and began to spill out -
rapid erosion of the landslide debris has authorities worried about
a potential breach, and locals have been evacuated as officials
monitor the developing situation. Special thanks to the
Pamir Times for sharing their photos and coverage of this event.
This photograph was taken while a secondary landslide was taking place
Attabad village in northern Pakistan on January 22, 2010, after the original
massive landslide of January 4th blocked most of the Hunza Valley
and dammed the Hunza River .
Residents from surrounding area visit the scene of the massive landslide
in the Hunza River Valley in northern Pakistan on January 5, 2010.
A view of the newly-forming lake formed due to blockage of the Hunza
, seen three days after the landslide, on January 7, 2010.
Land cracks visible in the land near what remains of the village of Attabad
on February 1, 2010. FOCUS geologists warned that the cracked portions
might fall at any time.
Another view of the growing lake formed behind the landslide, seen from
the ruins of Attabad village on February 1, 2010.
Local volunteers conducting search for bodies in rubble near the
village of Attabad on January 6, 2010.
A funeral service is held for some of the victims of the Hunza Valley landslide
on January 6, 2010.
Men climb across landslide debris in the Hunza River Valley on January 7,
2010. The growing lake is visible in the background.
With the only highway wiped out by the landslide, Gojal Valley locals turn
to airlifts to help them evacuate and get access to goods and services.
Photo taken on January 7, 2010
Heavy machinery is employed to lift and carry a wooden boat up the side
of the landslide debris to be deposited in the lake to aid evacuation
and supply missions on April 6, 2010.
In this image taken on April 30, 2010, local people use a boat to ferry their
vehicles in a lake caused by landslide which cuts off part of the Karakoram
highway to China , in the Hunza district of northern Pakistan .
In this image taken on Thursday March 11, 2010, Pakistani loaders carrying
goods imported from neighboring China which are ferried through a
lake due to blockade of the Karakoram Highway , in Attabad, northern
Pakistan . A massive landslide early this year formed a natural dam in the
Hunza River created a lake that is consuming upstream as it expands.
If dam breaks, a flash flood could threaten downstream villages.
An aerial view, taken from military helicopter, of a natural dam caused by
a landslide in Attabad village, Hunza district, northern Pakistan , May 21, 2010
. Thousands have been evacuated from their homes this week in north
Pakistan amid fears a lake, formed after a landslide blocked the Hunza River
on January 4, could soon burst, triggering massive flooding and severing
an important trade link with China .
An aerial view, taken from military helicopter, of a natural dam caused by
a landslide in Attabad village, Hunza district, northern Pakistan , May 21, 2010.
An aerial view shows a lake overtaking a village in the Hunza district of
northern Pakistan on Saturday, May 29, 2010.
Villagers, who lived near a lake created after a landslide in Hunza district
, collect belongings from their home at Sheeshghat village in Hunza district
of northern Pakistan May 24, 2010.
Women, who lived near a lake created after a landslide in Hunza district,
cut barley in a field in Seeshghat village in Hunza district of northern Pakistan
May 24, 2010.
As water rises, locals use a makeshift pedestrian bridge to help them
supply and evacuate in the Hunza River Valley in northern Pakistan .
The pillars are from an under-construction "friendship bridge" for the
now-partly-submerged Karakoram Highway . Photo taken on March
This image, acquired by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard NASA's
Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite on March 16th, 2010 shows the
blocked Hunza River and the growing vlake, then 11 km (7 mi) long
inundating several villages and 5 km (3 mi) of the Karakoram Highway.
Landslide blockage is at lower right.
Pillars of the under-construction "friendship bridge" for the Karakoram
Highway , now flooded - seen on May 2nd, 2010, only two weeks after
the same scene was photographed from a different angle
While the boats brought to the new lake have been a great help for
the stranded people, concerns for safety of the passengers remains
a major issue. Photo taken on May 2nd, 2010.
Pakistani soldiers help villagers as they board an army helicopter in the
village of Altitin in the Hunza district of northern Pakistan on May 21, 2010.
Flooding from a lake in northern Pakistan risks affecting 40,000 residents
of some 34 villages already evacuated to safety, a top disaster management
Children walk near tents set up for displaced people who were affected
by a natural dam caused by a landslide in Attabad village in Hunza district
of northern Pakistan May 19, 2010.
A girl cries while sitting with others to protest against the government's
failure to announce compensation for those displaced by a lake created after
a landslide during a demonstration in Attaabad village in Hunza district
of northern Pakistan on May 22, 2010.
Residents of the Gojal ( Upper Hunza ) Valley ride across the lake
flooding their villages and rising daily.
A view from a military helicopter of the lake growing behind a natural dam
caused by a landslide which passes through Sheeshgat village in Hunza
district of northern Pakistan May 24, 2010.
On February 28th, The second largest bridge on Karakuram Highway
submerged in the lake water between Shishkat and Gulmit, two of the
largest settlements of Gojal valley. The bridge had already been closed
for all sorts of traffic due to the dangers posed by wind and water
. Photo taken on February22, 2010.
Workers use machines to dig a spillway to release water pressure
built up by the n atural dam caused by a landslide in Attabad village
in Hunza district of northern Pakistan May 12, 2010. Fears are growing
a lake created by a landslide will burst and cause a massive flood that
could affect more than 50,000 people in northern Pakistan and disrupt
a key trade link with China, residents said on Wednesday.
In this mage taken on Thursday March 11, 2010, bulldozers leveling a
ground to make spill for water accumulated in a lake due to blockade
the Hunza River in Attabad, northern Pakistan . A massive landslide
early this year formed a natural dam in the Hunza river created a lake
that is consuming upstream as it expands. If dam breaks, a flash flood
could threaten downstream villages.
The people of Gojal carrying daily essentials on their backs across
the landslide site on January 12, 2010
People climb the 700 ft high landslide debris to be able to reach the
boats while moving towards Gojal Valley on March 28, 2010.
Some trees will bloom only for a while this year in the Gojal Valley villages
of Ayeenabad and Shishkat in northern Pakistan . Photo taken on March
A scene looking down on flooded orchards and homes in the village
of Ayeenabad , Pakistan on May 8th, 2010. The hard work of at least three
generations have been destroyed by the lake.
A gate near an orchard lies submerged in the upper Hunza Valley
on April 14th, 2010. Around 40 houses in Ayeenabad and Shishkat
Payeen have been dismantled to save valuables from sinking in the lake
A partially submerged pedestrian bridge in the Upper Hunza Valley
, seen on May 7th, 2010.
Huge clouds of dust arise as land slides continued on January 6 2010
the second day of the Attabad disaster.
The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection
Radiometer (ASTER) on the Terra satellite acquired this false-color image
of the landslide lake on June 1, 2010 - now 16km (10 mi) long. Taken
10 weeks earlier, and see that the lake has grown by 5km in length.
Water appears in varying shades of blue. Vegetation is red. Bare rock
appears in shades of brown and gray.
After the lake began to flow through the spillway that was cut into the
landslide debris on May 29th, the flow of the water has increased,
but still does not match the inflow upstream from the Hunza River .
And - as is evidenced by these two images (May 30th on the left, June
4th on the right), the outflow is eroding the debris, working back
toward the lake - potentially signaling an upcoming breach where
nearly five months worth of river flow might wash away the dam
and cause serious flooding downstream. Scientists and authorities
are monitoring the situation and evacuations have been undertaken
for all threatened areas.
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