Tourists Suffer Long Delays as Flash Flood Blocks Karakoram Highway

The Uchar Nullah in the Dasu district has been flooded due to heavy rainfall. As a result, the local administration has blocked off the Karakoram Highway (KKH) for all traffic.

Several people make their way to Gilgit, Skardu, Hunza, and surrounding areas via two main routes this time of the year. One option is to go via Mansehra-Naran-Jalkhad Road, which is the more scenic route of the two.

The other way is through Dasu, Patan, Bisham, and Chillas. The latter is longer and mostly used by heavy transport vehicles since it includes fewer narrow spots, sharp turns, and steep climbs. Although, it is mostly filled with dry mountains and is prone to excessive land-slides.

Due to the flood, the local administration has closed the KKH from both ends to ensure the safety of the people. It is yet to issue a formal update on the situation, including a possible timeline for the road’s reopening.

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