Tourists stuck as landsliding blocks Punjab-Balochistan highway

40km-long traffic snarl-up threatens fruits, veggies supply: Travellers stranded in freezing cold without food and water

By: News Desk
Published: 01:24 PM, 22 Jan, 2023
Tourists stuck as landsliding blocks Punjab-Balochistan highway
Caption: A view of the stranded tourists and travellers.
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Thousands of tourists and travellers were left stranded after a landslide in Dera Ghazi Khan blocked the inter-provincial highway connecting Punjab with Balochistan on Sunday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The landslide occurred on Quetta Road at Neeli Matti in Dera Ghazi Khan’s tribal area of Rakhi Gaaj on the night between Saturday and Sunday. The blockade of the highway caused a 40km-long traffic snarl-up.

A large number of travellers and tourists going to Fort Munro to witness snowfall have been caught up in the situation without any food and water in freezing cold, triggering fears of suspension of supply of fruits and vegetables from Balochistan to Punjab from Monday.

Personnel of border military police have been called in to clear the road for traffic.

The blockade had made miles-long lines of heavy and light traffic on both side of the highway.

Hotels in Fort Munro have also been facing threat of closure due to suspension of supplies, and the local people have been providing food items to the tourists and travellers stranded in the area.

Reporter Ali Musa Raza