Landslide kills eight in northern Pakistan: Police

A landslide triggered by rain killed eight people including six women in a small village in Pakistan`s Himalayas before dawn on Friday, officials said.

Last Updated: Jun 04, 2010, 23:34 PM IST

Gilgit: A landslide triggered by rain
killed eight people including six women in a small village in
Pakistan`s Himalayas before dawn on Friday, officials said.

The incident struck Kaindiric in Skardu district, about
300 kilometres (187 miles) east of the northern city of
Gilgit, police officer Mukhtar Ahmed said.
Fifteen houses were completely destroyed by the landslide
and nine people injured, he told agency.

Police and local volunteers recovered the casualties from
the debris, police official Manzoor Hussain said.

The incident happened six months after a massive
landslide killed 20, left about 25,000 people stranded and
blocked the Hunza river in the remote Himalayan region about
750 kilometres (450 miles) north of Islamabad.

That incident created an artificial lake and officials
said hundreds of people fled their homes after floods swept
through the villages of Ataabad, Ayeenabad and Shishkat in the
district of Hunza, wiping out dozens of houses.
Water from the lake has submerged parts of Gulmit, a
tourist resort on the main Karakoram Highway linking Pakistan
with China.

PTI