– 28 injured airlifted to military hospitals
– Contrasting reports about reason for event
MANSEHRA: Thirteen people, including nine Chinese nationals, 2 workers of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) as well as two residents, were killed and also 28 others endured injuries when a trainer carrying them to an under-construction tunnel website of the 4,300-megawatt Dasu hydropower job came under a gorge in the Upper Kohistan location after a surge on Wednesday.
According to eyewitnesses, three lorries got on their means to the Dasu dam website in a convoy after getting Chinese labourers in the morning from Barseen camp– some eight kilometres from Dasu district headquarters of Upper Kohistan– using the Karakoram Highway when the blast happened.
Resources privy to the investigation claimed a Chinese nationwide was missing out on and also search for his whereabouts was under way.
” After the explosion the trainer came under the waterfront yet both other vehicles, a rollercoaster and a jeep, continued to be risk-free in the event,” among the eyewitnesses said.
Not long after the case, army helicopters airlifted the bodies and the injured, including 33 Chinese nationals, to the Mixed Armed Force Hospitals in Abbottabad and Gilgit.
In the meantime, the FC personnel cordoned off the area until police and also various other examining companies got to the spot and also began geo-fencing the area.
Wapda Chairman retired Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain rushed to Dasu and checked the rescue as well as alleviation procedure at the site.
There were conflicting records about the cause of the tragic occurrence.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) claimed “leakage of gas” triggered by a “mechanical failure” caused the blast in the bus after which it plunged into the ravine.
Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Zhao Lijian stated in a tweet: “China is surprised & distressed at reports of casualties in the event in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. We grieve for those that shed their lives & express sympathy to their family members & the wounded.”
The main statement released by the Chinese consular office claimed the bus was “hit by blast on its way to the building site”.
The declaration did not clarify the reason for the blast, but it advised the Chinese living in Pakistan to “remain on alert, pay very close attention to the neighborhood security scenario, reinforce security defense, take rigorous preventative measures, and also quit going out unless needed”.
The Chinese consular office, nevertheless, kept in mind that examinations were in progress. Both Chinese international ministry and also the embassy in Islamabad praised Pakistani security forces handling of the scenario after the blast.