Gilgit Baltistan: Army helicopters started rescue operations and lifted stranded passengers on the Gilgit-Skardu Road.
Heavy snowfall and rains in Gilgit-Baltistan triggered a series of landslides blocking Gilgit-Skardu road near Basho Valley for all kinds of traffic. The army helicopters started the rescue operation to get the stranded passengers lifted.
According to sources, the road was blocked due to 50 metres of a heavy landslide near Basho Valley. Workers of FWO are removing debris from the roadside to restore traffic. The alternate route via Davsai to Astore is also closed owing to snowfall.
Meanwhile, the snowfall has also disrupted surface communication between Astore headquarters and upper parts. Sources further said that the landslides are so heavy that it would take at least two days to restore the traffic.
Hundreds of vehicles, including passenger coaches, trucks, containers and private cars, were stuck up on both sides of the highway.
Currently, GB people, particularly residents Astore, Ghizer, Nagar and Hunza districts, are facing difficulties due to heavy snowfall. Road communication has been badly affected.