Seven labourers killed as avalanche hits Chitral's Lowari tunnel

Seven others injured in the incident

Afp/our Correspondent February 19, 2017
Chitral Scouts conduct a rescue operation in an avalanche-hit area. PHOTO: INP

CHITRAL: At least seven workers of Lowari tunnel in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa died while seven others injured when an avalanche hit their residential facility on Sunday.

The avalanche hit rooms of the tunnel in Chitral during wee hours, burying 14 people alive, deputy commissioner said.

Lowari Tunnel connects the districts of Dir and Chitral in K-P, senior administration official Shahab Hameed said.

Security forces, police, elite force and district administration officials rushed to the incident and managed to rescue seven others from under the debris, he added.

Condition of two injured persons, Shakeel and Gul, was said to be critical who were airlifted to Peshawar, while others were shifted to district headquarter hospital (DHQ) Dir.

Avalanches kill 10 in Chitral

The deceased were identified as Rehmat Zada, Jalal Nadeem, Haji Iftikhar, Rehmat Ghazi alias Ilyas and Kamran, while the injured included Zamrud Hussain, Altaf Khan, Qaiser Hussain, Shakeel, Gul Alam and Mehboob Khan.

Meanwhile, snowfall at lower top caused electricity wires to break with power supply suspended to different parts of the district.

At least 13 people were killed and 20 homes destroyed by avalanches and heavy rain which struck the region earlier this month, while the death toll in neighbouring Afghanistan rose to almost 200.

Severe weather hits the country every year, with avalanches in winter and flash floods in summer.