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Disaster Revisits Gilgit-Baltistan

By Syed Shamsuddin
Closely on the heels of the Attabad disaster, Gilgit-Baltistan is faced with yet another calamity — widespread floods the likes of which are not in living memory of anybody. The colossal losses to the basic infrastructure include roads and bridges that have been washed away bringing all economic life to a halt. The arterial Karakoram Highway (KKH) is literally in a shambles. At least three bridges in between Besham and Gilgit have been damaged halting all traffic. Supplies of items of daily consumption are fast depleting including liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and fuel.The situation worsens with each passing day. The only connection to the mainland is by air which is dependent on weather. A great many people are stuck having no way of reaching where they must be for all kinds of urgent reasons. Intra-regionally the situation is still more serious as all roads and many bridges leading to the adjoining districts from Gilgit, the provincial metropolis, have been badly damag…