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.
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 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.
The District Administration has closed a portion of Shahra-e-Karakorum between Hunza and Swat for all types of traffic and declared emergency in Hunza. Chinese engineers have started removing the 263 feet high debris and boulders spread over about 4km stretch of the Karakoram Highway (KKH).
The communication channels are working and mobile networks are functional in Hunza.