The Karakoram Highway (KKH) was cleared of debris and opened for traffic on Sunday, while landslides destroyed parts of Babusar Road as sporadic rains continued in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B).
The strategic KKH was hit by landslides at Tato Pani and Goharabad in Diamer valley following heavy monsoon downpours which lashed G-B early Saturday. The KKH was also blocked at Thalichi because of a landslide.
According to some reports, a large portion of agricultural land came in the landslide’s path in Babusar on Sunday, destroying crops and trees in its wake. “Traffic has been diverted to the KKH following the blockage of Babusar Road,” said an official in Chilas.
The inclement weather has also resulted in the cancellation of flights between Islamabad and Gilgit for a second consecutive day.
Saturday’s hailstorm in Chilas damaged water channels in the town, disrupting its power supply. The heavy rain spell also hit Niat Nullah, Goharabad, Birgand valleys and the low-lying areas of Gaiser, washing away standing crop, orchards and fields.
No casualties were reported.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2013.