Tourists stranded following closure of Karakoram Highway because of landslides in Gilgit-Baltistan

Tourists stranded following closure of Karakoram Highway because of landslides in Gilgit-Baltistan

  • Karakoram Highway closed due to landslide, tourists and passengers stranded.
  • Karakoram Highway is closed at nine places from Tata Pani to Lal Pari, says Chilas assistant commissioner.
  • Rain continues across Gilgit-Baltistan intermittently, damaging houses and crops and blocking communication roads.

CHILAS: Countless tourists and locals have been stranded following the closure of a portion of the Karakoram Highway after landslides in Gilgit-Baltistan, Geo News reported Thursday morning.

The Karakoram Highway is closed at nine places from Tata Pani to Lal Pari, including Gandlo, Raikot and other places, the Chilas assistant commissioner said.

Heavy machinery has been installed on both sides of the Karakoram, he said, adding that there are difficulties in rehabilitation work due to landslides.

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The GB home department said work on opening the blocked portions of the Karakoram Highway started early Thursday morning.

Landslides have occurred at nine places on the Karakoram Highway in Gilgit-Baltistan, the home department said, adding that the Gilgit-Astore Road has been opened for traffic.

According to the GB home department, the Gilgit-Baltistan Road was blocked at 15 places due to landslides.

They said the Disaster Management Authority and Frontier Works Organisation worked day and night to restore the Gilgit-Astore Road and all kinds of traffic on the highway has been restored.

The debris from landslides has been been cleared from seven spots along the Karakoram Highway, while the FWO teams are working on rehabilitating the road.

The GB home department says the road will be reopened soon if there is no more rain or landslides, with FWOs, NHAs and district officers overseeing rehabilitation work on the spot.

They have directed passengers to wait in Chilas till the road opens. Inter-district highways are also being opened on an emergency basis.

More machinery is also being sent to speed up the process.

Meanwhile, rain has continued in the city intermittently for the last three days. Houses and crops have been damaged and communication roads have been severely affected by the rains.

Khaner Valley lost ground connection with the city and it could not be restored even after 48 hours

Rains, landslides in Gilgit-Baltistan cut off ground connectivity in many areas

Rains have been continuing in Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan for the last three days due to which several ground connections have been cut off due to landslides at various places.

Tehsil Yaseen’s ground connection has been cut off since a day due to a landslide in Damilgan area of ​​Ghizer, while landslides also took place at Gopis Chartoi due to which the Gilgit-Chitral Road was closed for all kinds of traffic.

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On the other hand, Ashkuman Valley’s main road remained closed Thursday for the fourth day today due to river erosion.

The ground connection of the upper villages of Amat has also been cut off for the past five days. In addition, there are reports of closure of communication roads in other areas due to landslides.

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