Our Correspondents (updated at 12:41)
Gulmit, August 22: The death toll in Gojal Valley’s worst road disaster has risen to 9 people. The accident took place Wednesday afternoon at the Karakuram Highway near an area located between Passu and Hussani, when a van carrying 18 passengers fell in a ravine.
The van was coming from Khyber Gojal, carrying people attending a marriage.
Three people, including Civil Supplies Director Aqil Shah, AKPBS employee Bakhtullah and 17 years old Shah Uddin passed away at the spot.
The injured and deceased were shifted to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Gulmit, by the local people, where Irfan Karim and Numberdar Nasiruddin breathed their last. The remaining injured were shifted to Aliabad due to absence of medical staff and equipment at the Gulmit hospital
While they were being shifted to Aliabad, 32 years old Shaukat Aziz breathed his last near the spillway of the dammed Hunza River. Later, two of the injured people, including Numberdar Nasir Iqbal and Dad Ali Shah, died at the Aliabad hospital.
The remaining injured people, including Muhammad Wasi, Deedar, Mujahid Qurban, Iman Hussain, Khadim and others were shifted to Gilgit for treatment. Mujahid Qurban passed away at a hospital in Gilgit, taking the death toll to 9 people.
It is pertinent to note that three of the injured people had been discharged after first-aid in Gulmit hospital.
Local people have protested against the government for failing to provide medical facilities to the Gojal Valley. The PC-IV of a hospital is pending for many years for unexplained reasons. The local people have said that many lives could have been saved if sufficient medical services could have been made available in a timely manner.
Some of the other injured people are believed to be in critical condition.
The death of 9 people in a single accident has shocked the entire region and people from across GB are sharing their sympathies and condolences with the bereaved families.
Names of the deceased:
1. Numberdar Nasiruddin (Kamaris, Gulmit)
2. Numberdar Nasir Iqbal (Odver, Gulmit)
3. Aqil Shah, Deputy Director Civil Supplies (Gulmit)
4. Bakht Ullah Baig, AKPBS (Gulmit)
5. Dad Ali Shah (Gulmit)
6. Irfan Karim (Ghulkin)
7. Mujahid Qurban (Ghulkin)
8. Shah ud din (Gulmit)
9. Shaukat (Gulmit)
We are pleased to share that Muhammad Wasi, driver of the van, is alive and he is being shifted to Gilgit for treatment. In an earlier version his name had been included in the list of deceased people. We apologize for the mistake.