Connect with us

Diamer

Babusar Pass closed for traffic due to heavy snow

The administration of Diamer district has decided to close Babusar Pass due to heavy snowfall and danger of accidents. Though snowfall started as early as 25th Sptember but vehicles were allowed to by-pass a major section of Karakoram Highway using the the pass. Accodring to a press release issued by the office of Assistant Commissioner Diamer, Babusar Pass will remain closed until further notice. The pass is expected to open in late autumn next year.

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

Published

on

Babusar Pass closed for traffic

The administration of Diamer district has decided to close Babusar Pass due to heavy snowfall and danger of accidents. Though snowfall started as early as 25th September but vehicles were allowed to by-pass a major section of Karakoram Highway using Babusar. According to a press release issued by the office of Assistant Commissioner Diamer, Babusar Pass will remain closed until further notice. The pass is expected to open in late autumn next year.

Babusar Pass connects Naran-Kaghan road to Karakoram Highway reducing more than 6 hours of travel time making it a great choice for travelers. Unfortunately, the route remains closed due to heavy snowfall on Babusar Top.

The route has recently been renovated and offers a relatively good traveling experience but there have been a number of accidents majorly due to brake failure resulting in multiple fatalities.

A multi-billion project of a tunnel can make this route operational in all seasons. Rumors are that one such tunnel is planned under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but there has been no official word about this.

This year, Babusar Pass was opened for public transport and tourists in May.

Read this post in Urdu

Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.

Diamer

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

Avatar

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Astore

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

Avatar

Published

on

Photo: AKAH

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:
mehar.aftab@akdn.org

NOTES:
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

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Like us on Facebook

Advertisement

Trending