Karakoram Highway even today was block due to the torrential rainfall and land sliding in Kohistan. Karakoram Highway remains halts for the consecutive seventh day.
According to the sources many tourists are stranded due to the road blockage. Raja Afzal, deputy commissioner of the Kohistan district, said rescue workers have being doing their best and relief effort were in progress. Where as the tourist that are stuck in the area have completely run out of money for the basic needs, the deputy commissioner said. Further added that stranded tourists are operated and relief through helicopters.
Afzal said while speaking to media that, “Tourists are demanding to be evacuated from the district through helicopters”.
Kohistan, an administrative district within the Hazara Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, is stretched over high mountains. Last week, a huge landslide compressed at least seven houses, as an outcome of which, at least 30 people were buried in coldblooded. According to the earlier reports, Provincial Disaster Management Cell 233 houses have been utterly devastated by the rains while 677 houses have been moderately ruined.
Inter Services Public Relations statement on Twitter tweeted earlier that, Pakistan Army’s relief initiated efforts for the people affected by torrential rains are underway in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan,
“Overall 160 kilometers of road in various parts of Gilgit Baltistan have been cleared so far. Moreover, 250 troops along with 22 engineering plants are employed for restoration of communication infrastructure in Swat, Malakand and Chitral,” the statement further said.
According to the ISPR, roads leading and joining to Mingora-Mallam Jabba, Shagla-Alupuri, Chitral-Bomboreet, Chirtal-Chashma have also been fixed.KPK government has proclaimed a compensation package for the people victimized by the continues torrential raining. As per to Radio Pakistan, about three hundred thousand rupees will be given to the heirs of each departed. Severely affected victims will receive Rs lac while those having less wounds will receive 50 Thousand rupees. Owner of the devastated will get a package of 1 lac and on the other hand partially damged will recive 50,000.