BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Local volunteers and rescuers on Tuesday continued search for bodies buried under an avalanche in Gilgit – Baltistan’s [G-B] Astore valley.
At least two men - Abdul Majeed and Abdullah - and nearly 70 livestock were killed on Monday when an avalanche hit village Mir Malik - about 200 kilometers from Gilgit.
“Body of one of men has been recovered while search for the rest is underway,” said a police official on Tuesday.
According to locals, the rescue operation was spearheaded by Army while district administration coordinated it. The assistant commissioner of the area, Dildar Malik supervised the operation on the second consecutive day amidst continued snowfall that measured five inches on the surface.
The villagers Abdul Majeed and Abdullah were reportedly on the mountain with their herds of goats and sheep when they were hit the avalanche, leaving them buried.
“The victims were villagers and were up in the mountain for grazing their goats,” Rafiullah, resident of Astore told Outpost.
“The body of Abdullah is still missing though efforts are underway to retrieve it.”
According to Rafiullah, the avalanche was triggered by heavy snowfall that whitened the valley.
The freezing cold aside, the snowfall also made movement difficult as roads had been covered by snow, he added.
Gilgit – Baltistan this week received considerable snowfall which affected life in the high altitude valleys including Astore and Naltar.