17 useless in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa landslide

Islamabad, September 8

At least 17 individuals had been killed and 9 others injured after a landslide struck a gathering in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, authorities mentioned, including {that a} search and rescue operation continued on Tuesday.

The landslide befell on Monday in Mohmand district’s Safi city close to the Afghan border, The Express Tribune reported.

“Huge pieces of marble from a hill fell on a routine gathering of 50-60 people (on the foothill),” the district’s Deputy-Commissioner Iftikhar Alam mentioned, including that heavy equipment had been dispatched from close by districts to speed up the rescue operation.

“Five ambulances and a recovery vehicle have been dispatched from Peshawar to Mohmand and the PDMA is in close contact with the district administration and concerned agencies,” the director-general of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) mentioned.

Dozens had been nonetheless feared trapped underneath the rubble as military troops had been helping the district administration to rescue them.

Mohmand, certainly one of seven former semi-autonomous tribal areas in Pakistan, is known for marble reserves.

In 2015, some 12 labourers had been killed after a marble mine collapsed. IANS

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