Landslides hit Neelum Valley; 2 killed

Greater Kashmir

Muzaffarabad, Jan 18: Two persons were killed and four others were injured after being hit by stones falling from a landslide along the Neelum valley road on Friday amid unrelenting rain.
 Police Superintendent Syed Zahoor Gillani told this correspondent here that the incident occurred near the village of Simari, some 50 kilometres northeast of here, after a passenger bus and two other vehicles were trapped beneath the landslide at the narrow road winding through the lofty mountains.
 Quoting witnesses, he said big stones from the mountainside hit the vehicles, killing two passengers and injuring four others.
 The deceased were identified as Niaz, son of Yousaf (resident of Mansehra in NWFP) and Shaukat, son of Inayatullah (resident of Neelum valley). The injured were Inayatullah and Samiullah, sons of Hidayatullah, Ikhlaq, son of Rehmatullah (residents of Neelum valley) and Riyaz, son of Muhammad Yousaf (resident of Mansehra).
 Meanwhile, Muzaff- arabad city and its surroundings were blanketed by the snow in the wee hours of Friday after temperatures plummeted to freezing point.
 The thin layer of snow in the town area melted shortly afterwards but at the surrounding hills it had sustained, feasting the eyes particularly after the weather became bright and sunny at around midday.
 Though the snowfall thrilled many, it did bring problems for those living in temporary shelters and tents.
 In the Mera Tanolian camp, many survivors struggled to remove snow from their tents, bent under pressure.
 “We are without electricity and braving this biting cold in these abodes is really difficult,” said one survivor, pointing out to his shelter.