Saturday, August 7, 2010

47 dead in Skardu, Ghanchhe flooding

SKARDU: At least 47 people were killed and various others went missing in flooding in District Skardu and Ghanchhe, reports said on Saturday.

Various areas were inundated in the flood, as lashing rains are underway in Skardu and Ghanchhe, triggering the flood of high degree in Indus River.

The flood torrent entered in Skardu’s suburban village of Qamran, where thus far, at least 35 have lost their lives and scores of other people went missing. Over 3000 people are marooned at the rooftops of their houses in the area.

At least 12 others lost their lives in District Ghanchhe’s suburban village Talees. The death toll rises to 64 caused by rain and flood ralated incidents in Gilgilt Baltistan.

According to Commissioner Baltistan Division Dr Sajid Chauhan, the relief activities are in progress in the flood-hit areas.

River Ghezer is surging at various parts of district Ghezer and Gilgit, exposing to erosion the low-lying areas and inundating various houses.

Lightning struck overnight in Jaglot Goro adjacent to Gilgit-Hunza section of Karakoram Highway, affecting 30 houses here.

Hyderabad nullah ran in high torrents, when lightning fell at a glacier in Hunza, causing the destruction of central water channel and the water supply to the area came to a halt.

The power supply to Hunza is suspended for 11 days now, that could not be restored as yet.

Following heavy landslide unleashed by thunderbolt in Damas Village, announcements were made from the mosques directing the residents to evacuate to the safer places.

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