Two killed as ice buries car in Gilgit-Baltistan

Published: May 31, 2018


BALAKOT: At least two people were killed while two others are missing when a when a block of ice fell on their vehicle at the Babusar Top, officials said on Thursday.

According to an eyewitness, four people, reportedly affiliated with the Tableeghi Jamaat, were travelling through the top from Chilas on Wednesday when ice covered their car.

Locals and rescue workers managed to pull the bodies of two people from the wreckage and transferred them to District Headquarters Hospital in Chilas. A rescue operation to find remaining two people is currently underway.

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Owing to extreme temperatures and rains, locals say there is still a chance for more icefall at the top.

They added that every year during this time of the season, ice in the inclined planes fall and at times prove proved to be life-threatening.

Owing to the lack of cellular networks and other means of communication at the top, it is difficult to contact emergency services in time.

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