South Asia

Tragic landslide claims lives of eight children in northern Pakistan

In a devastating incident, eight children lost their lives in northern Pakistan as a result of a landslide triggered by monsoon rains. The incident occurred in the remote Shangla district on Thursday evening (July 6), leaving the community in mourning. The children, aged between 12 and 15, were engaged in a game of cricket when the tragedy struck.

Reports indicate that approximately 15 children had set up a cricket pitch near a sand rock formation. The rock collapsed after a spell of heavy rain, burying them under its weight. Sanaullah Khan, an officer from the district emergency unit, stated that local rescue teams immediately responded to the scene, with the Pakistan army joining their efforts later on. After hours of arduous work, they were able to recover the bodies of the eight deceased children. One child sustained critical injuries, while the others emerged unharmed.

This devastating incident comes exactly one year after unprecedented floods wreaked havoc throughout the country, further compounding the tragedy. The loss of these young lives has left the community devastated and highlights the risks faced by vulnerable communities during the monsoon season.

Authorities are working diligently to ensure the safety of residents and mitigate the impact of natural disasters. However, incidents like this remind us of the challenges faced in remote areas with limited resources. Efforts are being made to provide support to the affected families and ensure that necessary measures are taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

As Pakistan continues to grapple with monsoon rains and their associated risks, it is crucial for communities to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to safeguard lives. The loss of these young children serves as a somber reminder of the importance of disaster preparedness and the need for ongoing efforts to protect vulnerable populations during times of heightened natural hazards.