Travelers Stranded on Karakoram Highway Due to Monsoon-Triggered Floods

The Karakoram highway has become a troublesome route for travelers as reports of being stranded due to monsoon-triggered floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) continue to rise.

A viral video on social media recently captured a terrifying landslide on the Gilgit-Skardu Road. Fortunately, there have been no reported casualties, but numerous travelers find themselves stranded in the aftermath.

Ghulam Abbas, the deputy director of the National Highway Authority (NHA) for Shangla and Kohistan in KP, informed the media that the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) is actively working to clear the Karakoram Highway at various points, including Jijal, Pattan, and Uchar Nullah. However, the restoration of the Uchar Nallah bridge, which was destroyed by floods last August, is still pending.

Asadullah Khan, the chairman of Upper Kohistan’s Harban tehsil, stated that after heavy rainfall, streams in Upper Kohistan’s Harban tehsil overflowed, leading to road blockages, disruptions to pedestrian walkways, and damage to water delivery systems.

Efforts are also underway to clear the highway at Basari and Gadoon. The Harban Valley’s Karakoram Highway, water supply lines, and pedestrian routes have been severely affected, causing significant challenges for the affected villages.

Authorities are advising tourists against traveling to these regions during the monsoon season due to the high risk of landslides along the roads at this time.

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