ISLAMABAD: A humanitarian crisis is feared in Gilgit Baltistan, as continuous rains and land sliding has disconnected the area from the rest of the country, resulting in shortage of food.
There is severe shortage of food in the markets. People are using what they had at their homes but the supplies are depleting fast, Wilayat Ali, a social worker of Skardu told The Nation over telephone.
He said due to closure of road network, diesel supplies are also drying up fast. Like food, diesel is also rarely available, movement is restricted and patients cannot reach hospitals, Ali said, adding, around 70 percent of population lives in villages. He said electricity supply is also affected and many areas are without electricity.
According to locals Karakorum Highway KKH, which links the northern areas with rest of the country, has been affected at 175 points due to heavy land sliding.
Rains have affected many districts of GB, including Skardu, Ghanche, Gilgit, Ghizer, Astore, Diamer and Hunza Nagar.
According to reports, Frontier Works Organisation has cleared the highway at some places, but it is still blocked at various points.
According to reports, relief operation is in full swing. Army through its two C-130 flights airlifted one hundred and forty passengers stranded due to blockade of roads in Gilgit-Baltistan .
Director General GB Disaster Management Authority, Syed Abdul Waheed Shah told media that relief items including tents, blankets, tarpaulin sheets and food pack has been distributed among rain affectees in Ghizer.
According to officials work is in progress on fast track and the highway between Gilgit and Hunza has been restored, however, they feared that due to continuous rains, it may take long to restore the KKH fully.