Pakistan: How did 20 people die in Gilgit-Baltistan? Many people are in serious condition

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According to the police, there were 38 passengers in the bus. According to an official, at least 21 people injured in the incident have been taken to a hospital in Chilas. Rescue efforts are underway and the bodies, including those of three women, are being taken to hospital, the official said.

At least 20 people were killed when a passenger bus slipped from a hilly area and fell into a ravine in the Gilgit-Baltistan area of ​​Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. It is being told that the bus was going from Rawalpindi province of Punjab to Hunza when the driver lost control of the vehicle on the Karakoram Highway in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan. According to the police, there were 38 passengers in the bus. According to an official, at least 21 people injured in the incident have been taken to a hospital in Chilas. Rescue efforts are underway and the bodies, including those of three women, are being taken to hospital, the official said.

Diamer District Rescue Officer Shaukat Riaz said the bus belonged to a private company, Dawn reported. He told that the accident happened around 5.30 in the morning, initially the number of injured was 35 but many people died. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed grief over the deaths and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. A source said the death toll was likely to rise as many of the injured were in critical condition. Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Haji Gulbar Khan also expressed grief over the incident and directed the administration to provide immediate medical aid to the injured. Emergency was also declared in Chilas Hospital after the road accident.

Early last month, a truck carrying pilgrims fell into a deep gorge in Balochistan’s Hub district, killing 17 people and injuring more than 30, police said on Thursday. The pilgrims were on their way to pay homage at the remote Muslim Sufi shrine Shah Noorani in Khuzdar district of Balochistan when the accident occurred. According to Geo News report, a police officer said that the accident occurred due to a sharp turn during the drive. It should be mentioned here that road accidents are common in Pakistan and claim many lives daily. Bad roads, lack of safety awareness and blatant disregard for traffic rules often lead to fatal accidents in Pakistan.

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