Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Pakistan searches for 23 people trapped by landslides
by Staff Writers
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) April 6, 2016

Pakistani rescuers were struggling Wednesday to reach 23 people buried by a landslide in the north after heavy rains on the weekend that authorities said have killed at least 92.

National diaster management authorities said more than 1,200 houses have been damaged since April 2, with roads across the mountainous north blocked.

Communications have been knocked out across much of the region, making it difficult to tell how many people are still stranded, amid fears the toll could still rise.

Authorities in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said they are still battling to reach the 23 buried by the landslide in Kohistan district on Monday.

Five injured people and two dead bodies had been pulled from the rubble over the last two days.

Rescuers were also searching along the northern Karakoram Highway (KKH) for travellers trapped by rockfalls.

"We fear some casualties as some passengers might have came under landslides. There are dozens of other passengers stranded on KKH without food and shelter," a spokesman from the chief minister's office told AFP.

He said six people had managed to travel on foot for three days, reaching Gilgit on Tuesday, and they described the situation as "horrible".

The death toll across the province was 64, officials said.

Neighbouring Gilgit-Baltistan region was the worst hit with roads blocked by landslides in every district and more than a dozen foreign tourists trapped in the Hunza valleys, a disaster official said.

Medical teams were unable to reach upper Hunza, with an official there describing the situation as "alarming".

The military said that troops were working 24 hours to restore communications and clear roads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan.

In Pakistani-held Kashmir local government official Hameed Kayani told AFP that most foreign tourists had been evacuated from the scenic Neelum Valley, adding that authorities were clearing the main road.

Poorly built homes across Pakistan, particularly in rural areas, are susceptible to collapse during the annual spring rains, which are often heavy.

Severe weather in recent years has killed hundreds and destroyed huge tracts of prime farmland.

During the rainy season last summer, torrential downpours and flooding killed 81 people and affected almost 300,000 people across the country.

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
Rescuers race to reach thousands stranded by rains in Pakistan
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) April 4, 2016
Rescuers were battling Monday to reach thousands of people stranded by floods and landslides in Pakistan's northwest and parts of Kashmir, officials said, as the death toll rose to 61. Disaster management officials in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where 51 people have died since the downpour began Saturday night, said bad weather was hampering the rescue and relief operation. "Death toll ... read more

Vibrations make large landslides flow like fluid

To flee Lebanon's trash crisis, family heads to Syria

It's home bittersweet home for returning Iraqi migrants

Red Cross says more funds needed in wake of Fiji super cyclone

New understanding of liquid to solid state transition discovered

Physicists 'undiscovered' technetium carbide

Drexel rolls out method for making the invisible brushes that repel dirt

New state of matter detected in a two-dimensional material

Study: Ritual human sacrifice maintained social stratification

Ocean scientists want action plan to combat seawater chemistry changes

West Coast scientists sound alarm for changing ocean chemistry

Coral reefs highlight the key role of existing biodiversity

New cause of exceptional Greenland melt revealed

ONR researchers explore arctic land and sea at Navy ICEX

Freezing plants to predict the fate of the Arctic

Canada must establish new Arctic shipping policies: report

China arrests six over fake infant formula: government

Can urban gardeners benefit ecosystems while keeping food traditions alive?

Agriculture expansion could reduce rainfall in Brazil's Cerrado

Study finds wide-reaching impact of nitrogen deposition on plants

Rescuers race to reach thousands stranded by rains in Pakistan

GOES-R satellite could provide better data for hurricane prediction

Alaska researchers improve their 'hearing' to detect volcanic eruptions

Researchers reproduce mechanism of slow earthquakes

Senegal to beef up military as security threat grows

Primate populations suffer as a result of Congolese warfare

Djibouti's strategic position draws world's armies

France at odds with US over UN police presence in Burundi

Global competition shows technology aids weight loss

Neuronal feedback could change what we 'see'

Study of Japanese hunter-gatherers suggests violence isn't inherent

Study: Indonesian 'hobbits' likely died out sooner than thought

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement