Death toll from landslide near Torkham border rises to five

Kaghan-Naran road closed for traffic due to glacier eruption

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The body of the fifth person was recovered from the debris of the landslide near Torkham border, taking the death toll to five on Thursday.

According to the rescue sources, the body was shifted to hospital for medico legal formalities. The deceased was identified as Syed Rehman, a national of Afghanistan.

Earlier, the bodies of four people were recovered from the debris of the landslide and 12 had been recovered in injured condition.

Meanwhile, the teams of Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps were busy in carrying out the rescue operation in the area.

The teams were busy removing the debris of the landslide. Most of the route had been cleared due to the continuous efforts of Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps and civil administration. Heavy machinery was being used to remove the debris of the landslide.

Separately, the district administration of Mansehra has announced the closure of the main Kaghan Naran Road for all traffic due to a glacier eruption near Kaghan.

The eruption has posed a threat to the safety of tourists traveling to the area during Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

The district authorities have advised all tourists to avoid traveling to Naran/Kaghan until further notice. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Department, Rescue 1122, Police, and Kaghan Development Authority are working on a priority basis to ensure the safety of tourists in the area.

Furthermore, the district administration has issued instructions to all relevant departments to deal with the emergency situation. In case of any emergency, tourists can contact the tourist helpline at 1422 for assistance.

The district control rooms in Mansehra and Balakot can also be contacted for any kind of information or emergency. The numbers for the Deputy Commissioner Control Room Mansehra, District Police Control Room Mansehra, and Assistant Commissioner Balakot Control Room are 0997920174, 0997920110, and 0997501008, respectively.

The district administration has urged all tourists to exercise caution and follow the guidelines issued by the authorities.

Meanwhile, the weather due to an intruding westerly wave affecting upper parts of the country would cause more rain-wind and thunderstorm with hailstorm at isolated places likely in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Islamabad and northeast Punjab on Friday.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), mainly hot and dry weather was expected in most parts of the country.

During the past 24-Hour, rain-wind and thunderstorm occurred in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and upper and central Punjab whereas the weather remained dry in other parts of the country.

The rainfall (mm) recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was Balakot 27, Kakul  24,Bannu 16,Patan 16, Malam Jabba  11,D I Khan Airport 10,Kalam 10, D I Khan City 9, Dir (Upper9, Lower  07), Parachinar 05, Drosh 03, Cherat  02, Peshawar Airport  02, Saidu Sharif  2, Bacha Khan Airport , Peshawar City, Mardan 01, Kashmir: Muzaffarabad (City 22, Airport 12), Garhi Dupatta 13, Rawalakot 10, Punjab: Murree 22, Rawalpindi (Chaklala 21, Kacheri 18, Shamsabad 08), Attock 17, Sargodha City 15, Islamabad (Airport 13, Saidpur , Bokra 07, Golra, Zero point 04), Jhang  12 , Joharabad 8, Faisalabad , Noor Pur Thal 05, Chakwal 04, Lahore Airport 02, Bhakkar , Gujrat , Jhelum , Mangla , TT Singh 01, Gilgit-Baltistan: Gilgit 05, Bagrote 04, Gupis 02, Skardu  and Astore 01.