GILGIT: Like other parts of the country the recent monsoon rains have done tremendous damages to roads and other private properties in Gilgit Baltistan region. Landsliding and mudsliding, have blocked roads in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) at various places over the last couple of days.
According to official reports continuous rains triggered sliding on Karakoram Highway at several points as a result of which Gilgit to Chilas road was blocked at Tato. Dasu and Pattan points of KKH in Kohistan district were also affected badly which caused traffic problems for commutors on the highway.News of landslides have been reported from other places of the region as well. Gilgit to Astore road was also blocked due to land sliding and Gilgit to Hunza road was also reported closed for traffic.
Gilgit to Ghizer and Skardu roads were opened for traffic, sources added. Chipursan road whose condtion was bad even before the rains winessed further damages. The recent wave of rains has caused property loses but comparing to last year’s rains it did not cause any major untoward incident in the region. However, flights schedule of PIA was disturbed due to inclement weather conditions while buses and trucks remain stranded due to blockade of roads.
The abysmally low condition of KKH has resulted in increased hours of journey between Gilgit and Rawalpindi from 15 hours to more than 24 hours. Moreover, the road via Babusar top also requires the attention of concerned authorities as it too being not repaired despite the lapse of more than an year after floods in GB.
Courtesy: Staff Reporting/Pamir Times