FWO clears Karakoram Highway blockages

87 controlled explosions conducted to clear routes

Our Correspondent May 04, 2024
Vehicles are seen stranded on Karakoram Highway in Chilas due to landslides which had been triggered by heavy rains in Gilgit-Baltistan. PHOTO: ONLINE


The Frontier Works Organization (FWO) has cleared blockages caused by recent rains and landslides on the Karakoram Highway and has rescued stranded tourists, said a statement on Saturday.

The organisation cleared 56 points that faced blockages on the world's highest highway which had severely affected traffic, leaving hundreds of vehicles and people stranded.

Rescue teams equipped with heavy machinery were dispatched to the affected areas. Despite the challenging terrain and adverse weather conditions, the personnel worked tirelessly around the clock, clearing debris and all blockages on major routes including the Gilgit-Skardu road.
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As a result of a rockfall, a large boulder measuring around 106 meters caused a road closure in Tangir, trapping a significant number of passenger vehicles. FWO conducted controlled blasting to reopen the road.

Over a period of three days, 87 controlled explosions were conducted to clear the routes.

During this time, FWO's medical teams were also present at the scene and were busy providing immediate medical assistance to stranded tourists and travellers. Tourists and travellers appreciated the tireless and selfless efforts of FWO and the Pakistan Army.p


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