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Pakistan dam develops cracks


Islamabad : A committee will probe the cause behind cracks that have appeared in a dam in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly Speaker Wazir Baig Monday constituted the committee to investigate reasons behind the cracks that appeared in the water reservoir of the 18MW power station in Naltar, reported Dawn.

Syed Raziuddin Rizvi, a lawmaker, said in the assembly that there was likelihood of calamity in case the water reservoir burst due to the cracks.

Water and Power Minister Wazir Shakil said the reservoir had accumulated tonnes of silt due to last year’s flashfloods.

He said experts had been hired to clean the reservoir.