Eight killed as landslide hits 2 houses in AJK

April 04, 2016

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SHANGLA: A man helps an old man corss the river swollen by heavy rains in the area near Besham on the Karakoram Highway on Sunday.—Photo by Umar Bacha
SHANGLA: A man helps an old man corss the river swollen by heavy rains in the area near Besham on the Karakoram Highway on Sunday.—Photo by Umar Bacha

MUZAFFARABAD: A landslide struck two houses in Neelum valley of Azad Kashmir, leaving five children and three women dead, an official said on Sunday.

The valley’s Deputy Commissioner Abdul Hameed Kiyani said the incident had taken place in Samgam area at about midnight and a rescue operation was launched early in the morning by the army and civil administration as well as local people.

According to Mr Kiyani, there is no communication network in the area.

“Not even the police wireless works in the area. We came to know about the incident only after someone descended to Sharda and informed police there,” he said.

Published in Dawn, April 4th, 2016