Avalanches kill 15 Pakistanis; army saves 108 in Balochistan

Staff Report

CHITRAL, Pakistan -- Avalanches killed at least 15 residents of villages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, while the army rescued at least 108 people stranded by a torrential downpour in Balochistan, media reported.

An avalanche in Chitral District, KP, Sunday (February 5) killed 14 Pakistanis, including women and children, Col. Nizamuddin Shah, commandant of the Chitral Scouts, told Geo News.

The dead in Chitral included a Chitral Scout who was killed when an avalanche buried his check-post, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

Another Pakistani was killed Friday (February 3) by an avalanche in Changaan village, Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, Dawn reported.

The army extracted 108 members of a wedding party stranded by heavy rains in the Nushki area, Balochistan, SAMAA reported Sunday (February 5). One child died of exposure before the rescue could be performed.

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