BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: At least nine people including two women were killed and thirty others injured in separate incidents across Gilgit – Baltistan in earthquake related incidents on Monday.
Six of the fatalities occurred in parts of Ghizer district where landslides wreaked havoc in Fandur valley, flattening over 60 houses.
In Diamer district, two brothers were killed in Darel-Tangir valley. They were hit by boulders. Seven others were injured in landslides triggered by quake.
“According to initial reports eight years old Izhar ullah and his brother were killed,” said deputy commissioner Diamer Usman Ahmed. “Seven other are injured. 70 Tents and food items are immediately required for the valley.”
The injured have been identified as;
1 Shazadah S/O Sifat Jiglot
2 Muhammd Issa S/O Khush Jihan Jiglot
3 Roshinaki W/O Ghafor Jiglot
4 Amjad S/O Muhammd Saleem Gali
5 Waliyan D/O Syed Aman Gali.
6 Ghulam S/O Umer Shah Rim
7 Allaiodin S/O Dilawar Jiglot.
The landslides also disrupted power supply.
In another incident at Darote of district Gilgit, a house collapsed killing a woman and injuring another 19 years old girl.
In Hunza, a 22 years old female school teacher was hit by a boulder on the head, killing her on the spot while another woman got injured in another incident,” said Sami Barcha, a resident. He said landslides also blocked Hunza portion of Karakoram Highway in a couple of points.
Deputy commissioner Hunza Muhammad Afandi however puts the death toll as one in Hunza. “We have confirmation of death of one female teacher, while two others have injured,” DC told The Express Tribune . He said a house also collapsed in the valley.
In Chpurson valley, heavy snowfall, started a day earlier, paralysed life in the valley which is also cut off the valley from the rest of the region. According to Haider Ali, snow has blocked traffic on the road while power is suspended and so is the cellular service. “There is no light in the valley while the snowfall has already paralysed the life inside,” Haider told The Express Tribune
“There is only cellular service is working but that is operational for two hours a day which means you remain cut off from rest of the world most of the time.”
The deputy commissioner Afandi however said steps have been taken to clear the roads.