Astore Avalanche: 70-year-old man rescued after 28 hours
By News Desk
May 28, 2023 10:14 PM
A 70-year-old man has been pulled out alive from under the snow in the Astore district of Gilgit-Baltistan, nearly 28 hours after an avalanche struck the valley, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Sunday.
According to rescue officials, ten persons, including four women and a child, were killed in the avalanche on Saturday morning.
Officials said the victims were nomads, who were moving towards Astore from Azad Kashmir and had set up camp in the area along with their cattle. They all belonged to various areas of Punjab.
The rescue sources said that officials had managed to rescue the remaining three people and had shifted them to the DHQ Hospital Astore.
He said 70-year-old Muhammad Hussain was the last person to be rescued, almost 28 hours after the avalanche hit the valley.
“All three rescued persons are being treated and are stable now,” Ali added. The official further said that the rescue operation had ended and the bodies were being sent to Punjab.
Ali added that the Pakistan Army and police had assisted the local administration and rescue personnel in the rescue and search operation.
Every year, nomads move with their cattle from Azad Kashmir to Punjab and vice versa. They make their journey towards Punjab to avoid harsh winters in northern areas and return as the weather improves in the mountainous regions.