Snowfall hampers rescue of tourists in Naran, Kaghan


PESHAWAR/NARAN: At least 50 visitors trapped in snow-covered tourist spots of Naran and Kaghan valleys have been rescued by army, as hundreds more remained stranded amid heavy snowfall in the north western areas.


According to ISPR, Barwai-Batakundi road have been rescued by personnel of Frontier Works Organization (FWO).

The FWO personnel have also cleared route from Bhatta Kunddi to Naran and one-way route of Naran-Kaghan road.

Reports said FWO dozers are clearing snow from roads inside Naran city where hundreds of tourists are still stranded as snowfall continued in the area.

Dozens of tourist jeeps were seen truck on roads in Bharwai area.

To Naran-Abbotabad road, that was earlier closed due to heavy snowfall, has also been opened for traffic.

Officials said helicopters have been provided to the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to rescue the stranded tourists in Naran and Mansehra areas.

The National Disaster Management Authority could not yet launch the evacuation operation due to bad weather condition.

Prime Minister House spokesperson said the PM was personally overseeing the situation and directed to provide further support including more helicopters to the provincial government, if required.

According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), present weather spell is likely to continue for couple of days over upper parts of the country.

The Met Office predicts more rain-thunderstorm/snowfall over KPK, Punjab, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan during next couple of days.

Rain-thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Islamabad, upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, divisions) upper KP (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan, divisions), Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, while at isolated places in D.G.Khan, Multan, Sahiwal , Bahawalpur, Zhob divisions during next two days.

More snowfall is expected over the hills of Malakand, Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the period.