According to sources from Commissioner Hazara Division Abbotabad’s office, the recent torrential rains have caused Shahrah-e-Rustom to be completely closed from different slides due to the landsliding. Bridges had been washed away due to the floods and communication system has also been disrupted.
In Kohistan’s Kandia area, landsliding destroyed several homes where as many as thirty people were buried under the rubble. Rescue efforts were underway to rescue people who were buried.
Commissioner Hazara has asked for helicopters from the PMDA so that affected people can be provided with blankets, tents and food as soon as possible. Owing to the bad weather, the helicopters could not reach Kohistan.
Rescuers were battling Monday to reach thousands of people stranded by floods and landslides in Pakistan’s northwest and parts of Kashmir, officials said, as the death toll rose to 63.
Disaster management officials in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where 51 people have died since the downpour began Saturday night, said bad weather was hampering the rescue and relief operation.