The chairperson of the National Highway Authority (NHA) has said that the installation of the Hassanabad bridge in Hunza – which was destroyed and swept away by a glacial lake outburst flood – will be completed within a week.
The NHA chairperson along with engineers visited the affected bridge, where the chairperson discussed rehabilitation efforts with the chief secretary and Frontier Workers Organisation officials.
The chairperson stated that a steel ballet bridge will be installed on the suspension bridge and that the construction of the permanent bridge, and the temporary bridge will be started simultaneously.
“All available resources should be utilised in the construction of the bridge.”
Chief secretary visits Gilgit-Baltistan
Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Chief Secretary Mohyuddin Wani revisited the flood-hit area in Hunza early in the morning to assess the damage and assured all possible cooperation.
The chief secretary was directed to expedite the repair work of the collapsed bridge, while issuing orders to ensure the provision of water, electricity, internet and telephone services in the affected area.
Wani arrived in Hunza last night to visit the affected area to assess the damage and provide immediate relief to the victims.
He also gave the admin approval on the spot regarding the supply of two-megawatt generators for power supply and supply of water, while also issuing orders for estimation of land in the affected area.
Speaking to the media on the occasion, the G-B chief secretary said that the disaster was an unfortunate incident, which damaged public and private property and gardens.
“The government is ready to face all the challenges, and people trapped in the affected area have been shifted to safer places,” he said.
He further assured full financial and administrative support to the victims and the district administration.
Originally published at tribune.com.pk