Avalanches Claims 67 Lives in Pak Kashmir

Scene of Neelum Valley

Muzaffarabad:  At least 67 people were killed and others were missing after avalanches in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir over the last 24 hours, senior government officials said on Tuesday.

Pakistani officials said many villagers were still stranded in the avalanches in the Neelum Valley area following heavy rains that also triggered landslides.

Over fifteen villages of Nellum valley have been affected by the snowstorm and avalanche.

It is reported ten people are missing in the avalanche.

As per details provided by the PM's office in Muzaffarabad:

  • Fifty-nine people were killed in Neelum Valley
  • One person, each killed in Kotli, Rawalkot and Sandhuti
  • Fifty-six houses are completely destroyed

Missing People

  • 10 missing in Surgan Bakwali District Neelum
  • 18 missing in Surgan Seri District Neelum

The area is one of the world's most militarily tense frontiers, where the neighboring armies have confronted each other over disputed territory for decades.

Kashmir has been divided between Indian and Pakistan since their independence in 1947 and for decades tension on the border has left tens of thousands dead.

In 2012, an avalanche engulfed a Pakistani army battalion headquarters near the Indian border killing at least 124 soldiers and 11 civilians.

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