A massive landslide hit Hunza District on 4th January 2010, followed by boulders and rocks, sliding two villages including Atta Abad into the Hunza River. The first landslide swept into the valley at 1.30 pm on Monday and a couple of hours later a second slide came down with high intensity completely wiping-out anything in its path. The incident occurred at Atta Abad, a picturesque valley in the country's Gilgit-Baltistan region, 720 km north of the capital, Islamabad, about thirty kilometers from Aliabad, the main town of Hunza valley. It is located at a distance of 55 kilometers from the Karakorum Highway (KKH), above Sarat village on a steep slope in Central Hunza. Atta Abad is known for landslides and many of its over 100 houses developed cracks after a similar earth-slip nearly three years ago.
According to Govt. sources, OCHA Hunza report and local sources: -
- Till 7th January about 1,673 men, women and children of Atabad and the adjacent Sarat and Salmanabad have been registered and settled in camps set up in four schools and with host families.
- At least 15 people are reported to have been killed out of which and others are still missing.
- A total of 34 houses are said to have been destroyed and dozens of others damaged in the two villages that lie in the Gilgit-Baltistan region.