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A long spell of rainfall has started in Gilgit-Baltistan, GBDMA issues a travel advisory

After over two months of scorching sunny days, a spell of rainfall has started in almost all districts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. GBDMA in a Facebook post has advised not to travel as the rainfalls may trigger landslides.

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After over two months of scorching sunny days, a spell of rainfall has started in almost all districts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA) in a Facebook post has advised not to travel as the rainfalls may trigger landslides.

As predicted by PMD the rain has started in various parts of Gilgit Baltistan. These rains after a long spell of…

اس پر ‏‎Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority‎‏ نے شائع کیا ہفتہ، 27 جولائی، 2019

Naran-Babusar road, which connects Gilgit-Baltistan to Rawalpindi and offers a shorter route, has already been affected by the on-going rainfall. There are reports to blockades of Karakoram Highway in Hunza and some connecting roads in Baltistan region.

On Thursday, the Naran-Babusar Road was blocked at 5 locations between Batakundi and Babusar Pass leaving thousands of tourists and passengers stuck on both ends. Two cars reportedly came under the rubble of one landslide but everyone inside was able to escape timely.

Two cars came under the rubble of a landslide near Batakundi on Naran-Babusar Road. Everyone inside were able to escape…

اس پر ‏‎GBee News‎‏ نے شائع کیا جمعہ، 26 جولائی، 2019

Later, the road was partially opened for light traffic while hundreds of bigger vehicles were still unable to cross the affected area.

A traveler on Facebook reported that it took him 36 hours to reach Rawalpindi from Gilgit via Babusar Top. On a normal day when the road is cleared, it takes around 12 hours for the same journey.

Naran-Babusar road
Tourists and travelers are waiting for Naran-Babusar to be cleared for traffic. Photo: Hussain Nagri.

According to popular weather forecast website AccuWeather.com, Gilgit-Baltistan will remain cloudly and receive rains in multiple districts throughout August.

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

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