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Hundreds of passengers were left stranded in the Karakoram highway

According to Noor Nabi Shah, a significant mudslide in Dasu’s Kaigah area caused the KKH to be blocked at several places in the Upper Kohistan region.

He said that because to the morning’s traffic stoppage on the KKH, “hundreds of passengers” were left stranded and experiencing difficulties on both sides of the international artery.

The National Highway Authority’s (NHA) deputy director for Shangla and Kohistan in KP, Ghulam Abbas, informed that there were nine locations along the route between Diamer and Kohistan that were closed.

He claimed that although the Frontier Works Organization had freed the KKH of landslides on Sunday, it remained blocked once more today. He continued by saying that clearing the wreckage and rubble was under process, and that the barricades should be taken down by 9 or 10 p.m., at which point the route may be reopened to traffic.

According to Abbas, officials had first tried to allow one-way traffic on the artery. In addition, the deputy director of NHA reported that a sizable roadblock of around 500 meters in length and 7 meters in height existed in Kaigah.

One of the delayed travelers to Kandia tehsil in Upper Kohistan, Samiullah, told that he had been waiting since 10 a.m. on Monday for the road clearance operation to be finished and that it was taking longer than expected.

Separately, the KP Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) stated that a fresh round of monsoon rains was expected to arrive in the province on Tuesday, and that the rains were expected to continue this week.

The PDMA warned that urban floods, flash flooding, and landslides may occur in higher districts and instructed district administrations to take preventative measures in light of thundershowers and strong winds.

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