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Pakistan

Web Desk
January 20, 2020

Army rescues 22 LUMS students stuck in snow-hit GB district

Pakistan

Web Desk
Mon, Jan 20, 2020
Image from the Inter–Services Public Relations (ISPR) shows the students from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) being airlifted to safety by the Pakistan Army.—Photo: ISPR 

The Pakistan Army  on Monday rescued 22 students stranded in the snow-hit area of Rattu in Glilgit Baltistan's Astore district, the   Inter–Services Public Relations said.

The students from the   Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) had been stranded in the area for the past five days with harsh weather conditions prevailing throughout, the military's media wing said. 

According to the ISPR, the university administration had approached the army after which Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa "directed for their immediate heli-lifting".

Image from the Inter–Services Public Relations (ISPR) shows the students from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) after being rescued by the Pakistan Army.—Photo: ISPR  

The "students had gone for skiing to Gilgit and were stuck there for the last five days due to heavy snow and landslides," the army's media wing said.

Over a hundred dead in snow-related deaths

More than a hundred people have lost their lives due to heavy snowfall and avalanches in various parts of the country.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), around 77 people have died in AJK and 56 injured whereas 202 houses have been damaged due to avalanches in the Neelum district.

In Balochistan, 20 casualties were recorded with 23 persons injured, five people have died and 13 injured with a total of 31 houses damaged due to heavy snowfall in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

At least two deaths were reported with four injured and three houses damaged in Gilgit-Baltistan.