2 killed, thousands of tourists stranded after landslide in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, July 26 (Xinhua) — Two tourists were killed and thousands of others were stranded in Naran region of Pakistan’s northwest Mansehra district after heavy landslide disconnected the area, local media reported Friday.

According to the reports, thousands of visitors were stuck in the tourist hub Naran when the land sliding caused by torrential rains blocked the Jalkhand-Naran road in Mansehra on Thursday evening.

Some of the tourists called local Urdu TV channels and said that they had to spend last night in their cars on the road and were facing a shortage of supplies.

“We are facing an extreme shortage of food, especially milk for children. Some people are suffering from high fever but we could not get any way out to send them to a hospital,” said a tourist.

A couple was killed after their car was buried under the debris of the landslide on the road, the reports said.

Information Minister of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Shaukat Yousafzai said that the government will use helicopters to provide the tourists with food and shift the sick to a hospital.

“Heavy machinery have already been dispatched to the area to clear the road, but it will take a long time as the road is blocked at several points,” the minister added.

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