ABBOTTABAD: Three members of a family lost their lives when a land piece fell on their house in in Usmania Mohallah in Abbottabad on Tuesday.

The incident of land sliding happened at 4:00am after rain in the area. A heavy boulder fell on a house due to which 12-year-old Muhammad Mubashir, 16-year-old Sardar Khawar and their mother lost their lives.

The bodies were taken to District Headquarters Hospital. District Nazim Col (Retd) Shabir visited the hospital and expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.

On 14 January, nine labourers lost their lives when their vehicle was trapped under a landslide on the Karakorum Highway.

The labourers employed by a Chinese company for work on Dasu power plant were returning from work when their vehicle was trapped under the landslide near Khushi point. The highway was closed for traffic and a rescue operation was launched with heavy machinery during which nine bodies were retrieved and sent to hospital. The deceased labourers hailed from Kohistan.

A day after the Karakorum Highway incident, in a miraculous escape, a passenger van avoided a major damage despite being hit by a land sliding in Orakzai tribal district.

Levies sources said a huge boulder from a mountain and hit a moving passenger van in Orakzai. The van moved away from the road with the impact of the huge stone, but fortunately it was held by a roadside tree, and did not fall into a deep ravine. Had the passenger coach fallen into the ravine, it would have caused many casualties.

Land sliding incidents happen in mountainous areas of Pakistan especially during and after rains.  Such incidents at times cause massive damages.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force dispatched rescue teams to save the stranded tourists in Nathia Gali.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the rescue operation was under taken early morning at 3:15am  under extreme weather conditions and the marooned tourists, who called for help through the media, were shifted to safer places in Murree and Kalabagh. Food items and medicines were also provided to the stranded passengers.

The passengers and tourists were stranded due to heavy snowfall in the area.


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