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Flash floods sweep away bridge near Karakoram Highway

By News Report
August 13, 2022

DASU: A temporary Compact 200 bridge on Friday was swept away because of a massive flash flood in Uchaar Nullah stream near the Karakoram Highway.

The incident took place in Upper Kohistan’s Dasu area, leaving Gilgit-Baltistan disconnected from the rest of the country. Torrential rainfall in the area triggered flash floods, sweeping away the bridge — located close to the residential camps of the 4,500-megawatt Dasu Hydropower Project.

Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman also tweeted about the devastation in the wake of the flood asking all district commissioners to remain vigilant.

“Massive flash flood at Nullah (RD 303) in Dassu district, KP. Compact bridge has been washed off with the flood surge,” Senator Rehman tweeted, informing followers that the Karakoram Highway has been blocked from both sides. “No buses are allowed for now on Babusar road,” she tweeted, adding that the bridge was not resilient. The

National Highway Authority (NHA) has also issued a travel advisory, blocking the highway for all kinds of traffic, as mudflow continues in the area. The government informed that NHA and Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) teams were mobilised at the site for restoration of the traffic link.