"Since July 28, 2010, we have not been able to travel into the field due to a lack of fuel. However, we have been collecting information from the people traveling on foot from the villages to Gilgit," wrote B.J. Shams, Manager of the Hashoo Foundation Gilgit Office.
According to the information collected, all the beekeepers have been affected by this catastrophe. The devastating floods have left the women and their families homeless and without food and water. They are in desperate need of immediate aid and the basic necessities of life.
The production of honey has suffered disastrously because of the heavy, continuous rains throughout Gilgit-Baltistan for the past 5 months. In spite of these horrendous conditions, we have been able to recover 52% of the first installment of loans that were due in May. Tragically, all the beehives have perished in the torrential rains.