Skardu landslide crushes bus, kills 16

By: News Desk      Published: 02:22 PM, 18 Oct, 2020
Skardu landslide crushes bus, kills 16

A passenger bus carrying 18 travellers on Gilgit-Skardu Road was crushed by a landslide, killing 16 people on board Sunday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The bus was going to Skardu from Rawalpindi when the untoward incident took place near the Tangos Pari area.

Security personnel and rescue teams rushed to the scene and launched an operation to remove the rubble.

The administration said it has recovered 16 bodies, however, rescue officials feared the death toll may increase. The dead bodies have been shifted to a nearby hospital.

A Gilgit Baltistan government spokesperson said 18 passengers were on board the bus travelling from Rawalpindi to Skardu when the landslide accident took place.

Rescue officials sifted through tons of mud and rock with workers digging through the wreckage in the hopes of finding survivors.

Police officer Wakil Khan said the landslide overtook the bus and pushed it into a deep ditch along the mountainous road in Skardu and buried under mud and rock. Khan indicated that the chances of finding anyone alive are bleak, but rescue workers and local volunteers are digging through the mud in search of survivors.

It is pertinent to note that in September 2019 at least 27 people, including 10 Pakistan Army soldiers, were killed and more than 15 wounded when a passenger bus rammed into a mountain in Babusar Pass as it lost control on the road.

Landslides after heavy monsoon rain are common in Pakistan, and are the cause of widespread damage in areas of mountainous terrain.