BY OUR CORRESONDENT
GILGIT: Floods and landslides in Gilgit – Baltistan (G-B) continued to wreak havoc on Wednesday, damaging houses and road networks.
Lightening triggered landslides early in the morning blocking Karakoram Highway on two places at Jaglote and Minawar in Gilgit. However the debris was removed and traffic was restored by 11 am.
In Hisper area of Nagar valley, three vehicles were buried under the debris as a landslides hit them.
Meanwhile access to the scenic Naltar valley remained disconnected on the 13th consecutive day, triggering a food crisis in the valley.
A flashflood damaged two hotels and three shops at Sadpara area in Baltistan. According to reports reaching Gilgit, four people, including three policemen were injured.
“Floods also swept away several trees,” said a resident, adding local administration warned people living around Hargaz Nullah to shift to safer places.
There are reports of flood-damages in Khaplu area of Baltistan region.
The devastation of floods triggered a shortage of fuel in the region whose main highway has also reportedly been blocked by landslides. However efforts were on to restore traffic.
Two bridges and eight houses were also damaged in Kharmang district as floods continue to hit the region.
At least 10 houses were hit by landslides and two bridges in the scenic district. “Seven houses were hit by landslides in Ishkoman valley,” said Shifa Khan, a resident, adding the water channel leading to Hydel Power project also got damaged, disrupting power supply.
A bridge connecting Faizabad area was washed away by floods, disconnecting the area.
Three house in Baks village were also reportedly hit by flashfloods and landslides which also temporarily blocked the flow of river leading to submerge of irrigation land.
The continuous rains resulted in the rising of water level at Ghizer river, threatening inundation of settlements at low lying areas.