More rain expected: Karakoram Highway likely to reopen today

Over 25 people are feared to have died in the landslide which hit Othar Nala early Monday


Rescue work is under way at Othar Nala, Kohistan following a massive landslide. PHOTO: SYED NOMAN SHAH

PESHAWAR:


Karakoram Highway (KKH) is likely to reopen on Thursday (today) after the route was blocked at several points since days following massive landslides. One such landslide buried alive around 25 villagers in Othar Nala, Kohistan. This was shared by Kohistan DC Raja Fazl-e-Khaliq while speaking to The Express Tribune.


The Pakistan Meteorological Department has predicted more rains and thunderstorm in Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Saturday onwards. It is expected rains will trigger more landslides.

Over 25 people are feared to have died in the landslide which hit Othar Nala early Monday. At least two bodies were removed and five people rescued on Monday night. “At least three out of five people who were pulled out of the debris have been shifted to District Headquarters Hospital in Dasu,” he said. “If the need arises, they will be shifted to Ayub Teaching Hospital for tertiary care.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th,  2016.

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