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Notes on the Geography of Pakistan: Hanuchal Channel

Hanuchal village lies on the right-bank of the Indus River, a few miles upstream from that river's confluence with the Gilgit River. Although there are hundreds of spectacular irrigation channels in northern Pakistan, the one serving Hanuchal Channel is better known than most because it was sponsored by the much-publicized Aga Khan Rural Support Program.

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Pakistan: Hanuchal Channel picture 1

The "dam," such as it is: a stony hand reaching into the creek and catching most of the water, at least in summer.

Pakistan: Hanuchal Channel picture 2

The natural channel drops quickly, so the artificial one soon is high above it.

Pakistan: Hanuchal Channel picture 3

Another view.

Pakistan: Hanuchal Channel picture 4

The creek soon joins the Indus River, while the artificial channel hugs the bordering cliff. Bits of irrigated land draw water from the channel.

Pakistan: Hanuchal Channel picture 5

The cliff sometimes overhangs the channel.

Pakistan: Hanuchal Channel picture 6

Looking down to the silty Indus from the channel at this point.

Pakistan: Hanuchal Channel picture 7

The path turns into a crawl-space.


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