Thursday, August 12, 2010
47 die, 76 hurt as flash flood hits Gaise
“Amid heavy downpour, there was a deafening bang. And soon after gigantic boulders came rolling down the nearby mountains, crushing everything that came their way,” a resident of the village told media.
The Gaise village is already cut off from the rest of the country as floods have destroyed infrastructure, including roads and bridges. The deluge has also affected the local agro-based economy as fruit orchards have been destroyed and hundreds of goats and sheep swept away by the strong current.
Officials in the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) say that the injured were being airlifted by army helicopters to Gilgit for treatment. The NDMA has put the death toll at 40.