300 passengers trapped in northern Pakistan

14:22, June 05, 2010      

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At least 300 passenger were trapped in northern Pakistan's mountain area Friday as roads were destroyed due to landslides in the region, TV channels reported.

The passengers were stranded about 10 km away from Hunza, a main town in northern province of Gilgit-Baltistan, according to GEO News.

The Karakurum Highway linking Pakistan and China was also blocked after an emergency alert due to landslide and emergence of artificial lake at Ataabad in the area.

Unconfirmed reports suggested that a rescue team was dispatched to the trapped passengers.

The fear of burst of water and floods caused thousands of people to evacuate to other parts of the province and water overflow rendered many homeless.

Meanwhile, light rain spell continued in Hunza since last night. Authorities tried to start helicopter service from Gilgit to Hunza Thursday but it had to be suspended.

Due to high water level of the artificial lake the Karakoram Highway between Gilgit and Hunza has been closed for indefinite period.

Source: Xinhua


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