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Pakistan: Hunza landslide claims ten lives

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ISLAMABAD: At least 10 people have been killed and several injured due to a landslide in Attabad village of Hunza district of Gilgit-Baltistan as rescuers battle with extreme weather.

Under the direction of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, teams of doctors and rescue workers have been dispatched to Hunza to conduct a massive rescue and relief operation there to save the lives of the people who are still stranded under the rubble.

The prime minister expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of lives due to massive land sliding at Attabad village where scores of houses fell into the Hunza River. He directed the concerned authorities to provide medical facilities to the injured.

According to Home secretary Gilgit-Baltistan Muhammad Usman Younus, Attabad village slid into the river.

Attabad village had already been declared dangerous some two years ago when it had started sliding down.

Rescue work is underway and 13 injured people have been evacuated to nearby hospitals and a state of emergency has been declared in all hospitals in Hunza.

Karakuram highway has been blocked for every kind of traffic due to the land sliding and the road link connecting Upper Hunza with the rest of the district has been cut off.

Moreover Hunza River has also been blocked due to the debris from the Attabad village and its adjoining villages are also in danger now due to the continuous rise in water level.

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