Gilgit - Baltistan

Chilas: Eight people killed in river accident

Such “cable cars” are traditionally used at places where there are no alternate options available. File Photo

Our Correspondent

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.

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  1. A tragic event; eight people have lost their lives and many families will suffer for life. The another tragic part of story is no one will be held responsible. Is there any authority to check the condition of these so called ‘cable cars’?
    Please, let us all know the value of a human life. Will someone make it sure that such incidents may be avoided in future???

  2. “Inna lilLah-e wa inna Elaihi Rajeoon”
    May Allah almighty rest the souls in eternal peace and bestow courage to the bereaved families.
    Apart from Nature’s intervention, our leadership and public offices are constantly failing to serve the masses, for that they are answerable. Every second day such incidents occur mainly for sheer responsibility of these office bearers….. but who would dare ask them?

  3. the government should have provide a bridge to the valley of gas pain and gas baala but they didn’t do any thing atlas its harmful effect has been appeared

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