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4 Toursits Including 2 Kids Dead at Babusar Pass in a Van Accident

A family van has faced a fatal accident as a result of brake failure at Babusar top killing 4 people from the same family. The deceased included two young girls, the driver and another person. 13 others have been injured, 3 of whom are in serious condition. There were 21 tourists on-board who were visiting Gilgit-Baltistan from Lahore.

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Babusar Top Accident

A family van has faced a fatal accident as a result of brake failure at Babusar top taking lives of 4 people from the same family. The deceased included two young girls, the driver and another person. 13 others have been injured, 3 of whom are in serious condition. There were 21 tourists on-board who were visiting Gilgit-Baltistan from Lahore via Naran-Kaghan which leads to Babusar pass.

Soon after the accident, locals and police helped transfer the injured to district headquarter hospital (DHQ) in Chilas. According to a media representative of Diamer police, 4 people were confirmed dead. The deceased have been recognized as:

  1. Hussain Uddin
  2. Mithu (Driver)
  3. Noor D/O Nadeem
  4. Saira D/O Nadeem

According to an eye-witness, the van had overtaken their vehicle just 20 minutes before the accident happened. He pointed that many drivers who don’t have experience on this road make use of brake a lot causing brakes failure.

It must be noted that Babusar Pass or Babusar Top in located at an elevation of about 4,200 meters where divers have to take special considerations like using low gears instead of brakes. In the past, ignoring these tactics have caused several accidents.

 

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Although the road from Babusar top to Chilas is well metaled but there are no signboards and roadside guardrails to help prevent such accidents. Both Gilgit-Baltistan government and Federal Works Organization (FWO) need to take notice of such accidents and come up with precautionary measures.

This is the second deadly accident in recent months. Another accident at Babusar Pass in June this year had taken lives of 6 people from the same family belonging to Sikandarabad, Nagar.

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.

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26 dead, 15 Injured in Mashabrum bus accident near Babusar Pass

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A Mashabrum bus carrying around 40 passengers has met a tragic accident at around 7:30 AM early Sunday in Gittidas near Babusar Pass in the Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan. The bus was traveling from Skardu to Rawalpindi.

According to Faizullah Faraq, the spokesperson for the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan, 26 passengers were confirmed dead while 15 injured passengers have been transferred to District Headquarter Hospital in Chilas.

Passengers of a private coaster traveling from Rawalpindi to Gilgit were the first to reach the location followed by police and paramedics.

Among the dead include five people of the same family. 16 Pakistan Army personnel were also among the dead. Commander FCNA Major General Ehsan Mehmood also reached the location of the accident in a Pakistan Army helicopter and participated in the rescue operation of the injured.

According to an initial report sent to the media by Diamer police spokesperson Mohammad Wakeel, the driver lost control of the bus and rammed into a cliff while taking a turn. Over two dozen passengers were killed on the spot.

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Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Raises Awareness on National School Safety Day in Pakistan

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To protect school children from natural disasters and other insecurities, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) convened government education departments, academia, district disaster management authorities and the media in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab.

Mr. Hafiz Noorullah, Education Development Officer, Chitral, said on a radio talk show:

“A lack of awareness and knowledge makes the disaster happen. So there is a need to have more and more information sharing through different media platforms and involvement of young people in interactive discussions to sensitize them on the topics of safety and security.”

Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, Chief Executive Officer, AKAH Pakistan said:

“In the 2005 earthquake, Pakistan lost around 20,000 children due to vulnerable structures and lack of awareness and preparedness, which cannot be repeated. We need our schools to be resilient and better prepared
for similar situations. We are thankful to our public and private-sector partners for joining hands with us to achieve this objective.”

For the last 20 years, AKAH has been designing and implementing programmes on Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation in some of Pakistan’s most vulnerable areas. More than 1,000 schools in disaster-prone areas have benefitted from the development of hazard and risk maps, school safety plans, provision of school safety kits, and awareness raising and capacity building of individuals.

School-level awareness raising sessions have been part of the work of the Aga Khan Agency since the Islamabad Conference on School Safety held in 2008. AKAH’s School Safety Programme will contribute towards the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s one million safe schools and hospitals global campaign, and contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and the practical implementation of the Pakistan School Safety Framework.

For further information, please contact:
[email protected]

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The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), which merges the capabilities of Focus Humanitarian Assistance, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, and the Aga Khan Development Network’s Disaster Risk Management Initiative focuses on preparing for both sudden and slow-onset disasters. AKAH works to ensure that people live in physical settings that are as safe as possible from the effects of natural disasters; that residents who do live in high- risk areas are able to cope with disasters in terms of preparedness and response; and that these settings provide access to social and financial services that lead to greater opportunity and a
better quality of life. Initially, priority areas of AKAH will include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and India.

Read more about the agency at: http://www.akdn.org/our-agencies/aga-khan-agency-habitat

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