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Gilgit-Skardu Road blocked due to landslides

GILGIT: Heavy landslides have blocked the Gilgit-Skardu Road (S-1) at eleven different locations over the past two days, however, the road blocks at five locations have so far been cleared, the National Disaster Management Authority said on Friday.

The landslides came after a spell of heavy rain in the region.

Authorities, though, are working to clear the road blocks. Tourists too have been advised to be cautious while traveling on the roads.

Meanwhile, Gilgit Baltistan, Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman on Friday directed the Gilgit Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA), districts administration, department of communication and works and other concerned stakeholders to remain alert to help people cope with any eventuality during the monsoon season, a statement read.

Rehman directed the concerned departments to take quickly repair roads and highways which had been affected by the rains. Moreover, they were directed to take measures which would help tourists visiting the region and to limit damage owing to possible heavy torrential rains in the province.

The district administration was also directed to take adequate measures to drain water from highways and roads.

Availability and stocks of food, medicines and others necessary goods should also be ensured. Rescue 1122 have also been put on high alert.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 15th, 2017.

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