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Hunza lake villagers mob Pakistan PM's convoy

Residents are evacuated by helicopter in Hunza
Thousands have been evacuated from their homes this week

Pakistani villagers have blocked the prime minister's convoy, angry over the government's failure to compensate residents displaced by a landslide.

PM Yousuf Raza Gilani did not announce any new relief measures during a visit to the northern town of Aliabad.

After he left, the villagers blocked his ministers' convoy and hurled insults at the visiting dignitaries.

Thousands have been moved into camps amid fears that a lake formed after the landslide could burst its banks.

The lake was formed in January when a landslide blocked the River Hunza, and the waters have steadily risen since then.

Some 36 villages lie in a valley that could be flooded.

Helicopter rescue

On Friday, Mr Gilani and some of his cabinet ministers visited Altit village, where about 1,300 displaced people have been housed, some 15km (9 miles) east of the new lake.

Aerial view of a natural dam caused by a landslide in Attaabad village

Soon after he left, some in the 400-strong crowd began shouting anti-government slogans, upset at how little was being done to help them, the BBC's Aleem Maqbool reports from Islamabad.

They dispersed after the officials assured them that the government would announce compensation and help them to re-settle.

Experts say that the depth of the 18km-long lake is increasing by 1.03m (3.4ft) daily.

They say that the lake only has to rise by another 3.65m before it begins to overflow.

On Thursday, the armed forces started an emergency helicopter service to evacuate some villages.



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