Most of the victims were nomads bringing their cattle from the Punjab province to graze on the green pastures of Astore.
At least nine people died and another 25 were injured this Saturday due to an avalanche caused by the strong rains that hit the northern part of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), in Pakistan.
The event took place in the Astore district, in the northern Pakistani region of GB, and most of the victims were nomads who brought their cattle from the province of Punjab to graze on the green pastures of this area, the spokesman for the area’s government, Fateh Ullah, told EFE.
“It was raining early in the morning when an avalanche hit the area where the nomads had stayed,” and as a consequence, “nine people, including three women and six men, died, while another 25 were injured,” the official confirmed.
Aid deployment in Pakistan
Police, rescue teams and army officials are in the area of the event to assist in rescue operations, as it is feared that some nomad camps and animals have been buried by the strong avalanche, Ullah added. HE
The Gilgit-Baltistan area, administered by Pakistanis home to five of the world’s 14 peaks above 8,000 meters, including the mighty K2.
Rainfall leaves significant human and material damage in South Asian countries every year, especially during the monsoon period between June and September.
One of the worst natural disasters in Pakistani history was the 2010 floods after an extraordinarily intense monsoon and a particularly abundant summer thaw, which caused some 2,000 dead and more than 20 million homeless.
With information from The Caribbean/EFE
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