In Chitral, over Twenty houses have been completely destroyed when Sher Shal Village in Garam Chashma Tehsil was hit by an avalanche last night. Sources of Chitral District Administration said rescue operation was in progress to recover the people trapped under the debris.

So far nine bodies including three children have been recovered. Nine injured have been rescued and shifted to civil hospital Garam Chashma. Meanwhile, National Disaster Management Authority has activated national emergency operations centre since this morning for coordinating rescue and relief efforts in avalanche hit area of Chitral.

The authority is coordinating for provision of helicopter service for rescue and relief operation. NDMA has also asked national highway authority to fully mobilize its machinery on all critical sections for road clearance.