Tuesday, August 10, 2010
At least ten people lost their lives by drowning in flood tide in Gilgit-Baltistan district of Diamir, Geo News reported Tuesday.
All eight districts of Gilgit-Baltistan are witnessing acute shortage of food and fuel in the wake of devastations unfolded by the flooding.
At least ten people of the same family including women and children were killed when their house could not withstand the flood pressure and collapsed in District Diamir area of Khanar Valley. Two of them have been rescued.
A drought-like situation appeared in various Gilgit-Baltistan areas including Gilgit, Skardu, Challas, Astore, Hunza and Gagoch, where flooding slapped massive devastations.The power and telecommunication system were badly disrupted in the entire area.
The flood wave raging out of Skardu severely damaged Karakoram Highway from Ponji to Diamir and to the Kohistan areas.Various villages of Skardu were inundated by the high tide in River Shagar and River Shiok as well as River Indus.The blockage of Karakoram Highway and Gilgit-Skardu Road has led to severe scarcity of food and petroleum products.