Due to Rain and Snow Six injured in G-B landslides
As a result of the landslides, the Karakoram Highway has been blocked at several places, disrupting traffic between Gilgit-Baltistan and Islamabad.
“Boulders hit a car in Diamer but luckily nobody got injured,” said an official of the Rescue 1122.
In another incident, five people travelling in a car sustained wounds after they were hit by boulders in Sharote area of Ghizer valley. The injured were shifted to the district headquarter hospital Gilgit where one of the injured was stated to be in critical condition.
Meanwhile, a woman was injured in Darel valley after the roof of her house collapsed.
The landslides had been triggered by heavy rain and snow. The scenic Astore valley has been whitened by heavy snowfall on Thursday.
According to an Astore resident Atiq Rehman, more than three feet snow fell in the valley over the past 48 hours. “Life is paralysed. Let’s hope the snow and rain do not turn into floods in the coming days,” he wrote online.
Skardu town and Hunza valley also received heavy blankets of snow, bringing the temperature down to nearly zero degrees.
Scientists believe climate change in northern Pakistan has been increasing ice and snow melt in the upper part of the Indus River basin, leading to more frequent floods downstream.
According to reports, G-B is prone to hydro-meteorological hazards during spring, summer and winter.