Migration Dramatically Changes Life For Upper Chitral Villagers.

PESHAWAR -- In the foothills of one of the summits of the Hindukush mountainous region in Upper Chitral, villagers of Sonoghoor have frequently seen the inclemency of glacial lakes outburst flood (GLOF) that cause much damage to life and property from time to time in certain areas.

However, the idea of settling the villagers in Parwak and Dumadumi areas saved the population of Sonoghoor village as the mentioned areas are comparatively safer from impending danger of glacial lakes outburst flood. Discussing how the settlement became possible, former councillors of Parwak village Eid Ali and Aisar Wali Khan said that establishment of a new village in Parwak in 1980s in the vast and pieces of arid land situated opposite to Sonoghoor area totally relieved hundreds of families from the recurring disasters of floods every summer. They recalled that a glacial lake outburst flood in the year 2006 washed away two-thirds of the village although the villagers saved their lives and had already left the area before the calamity struck their area.

'It would have been really a doomsday for about one thousand people living in the area when it was hit by the glacial lake outburst flood on that terrible evening of 2016,' said Eid Ali, adding that they were saved only due to their migration to the new village. They said that the settlement of the new village became possible in 1984 when Aga Khan Rural Support Program approved a siphon irrigation project, which rendered about 1,200 acres of land in Parwak while another village was also settled in Dumadumi. They said that the twin villages of Parwak and Dumadumi have not only been saved from the ever impending vulnerability to the natural hazard in the form of GLOF and torrential floods...

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