Gilgit: INP reports that at least eight people have died after drowning in the Indus River at Gais village near Goharabad, Chilas, as wires holding their makeshift “cable car” snapped.
According to details steel wires holding a traditional chair-lift (cable car) snapped when the people were crossing the Indus river near Gais Village. The village had been badly affected during the floods in the year 2010. Dozens of people had died in the village after being hit by flashfloods. A bridge connecting the village to the KKH had also been destroyed during the floods, leaving the entire population stranded.
The local people had been protesting to demand reconstruction of the bridge but despite of umpteen promises by politicians and officials nothing happened. Even the former prime minister had instructed the GB government to construct a bridge to facilitate the people but no action was taken by the area representatives as well as officials of the relevant departments.
The tragedy has infuriated the local people who have termed the disaster to be caused by carelessness of the officials and politicians.
Meanwhile efforts are underway to recover bodies from the raging Indus river which is flowing at the peak, carrying tens of thousands of Cusecs of water coming from countless streams in Ghizar, Hunza-Nagar, Skardu, Ghanche and Gilgit.