Six students, two others trapped in Battagram chairlift

Students were going to school when cable snapped, one boy with heart issue is unconscious.

ISLAMABAD: Eight persons including six schoolchildren remain trapped in a chairlift in Allai hilly area of the Battagram tehsil of Khyber Pakthunkhwa since 7am on Tuesday.

According to media reports, students daily use the chairlift to commute between their schools and home daily.

One of the persons trapped in the chairlift told a TV channel on phone that the incident occurred at 7am.

A boy with a heat issue is among the stranded and he is unconscious for over three hours, he said.

He said the trapped persons have no edible items and drinking water.

He appealed to the government and rescue organizations to come to their help.

A helicopter reached the area and went back after hovering over while a large number of people are assembled beneath the chairlift stuck about 900 feet above.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar has directed to immediately rescue the eight persons trapped in a chairlift at Pashto area in Battagram.

Caretaker Interior Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti has directed to speed up the rescue operation to save the children and teachers stranded in Battagram chairlift.

On the instructions of the Prime Minister, Pakistan Army has been requested to join the rescue operation. He said all resources should be used in the rescue operation.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has provided coordination support to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to rescue eight persons, including six children, stuck at a height of 900 feet in a chairlift due to breakage of its cable in Battagram.

According to a press release issued by the NDMA, army helicopter has been dispatched for rescue operation.

Safety audit has been asked from all Provincial Disaster Management authorities by the NDMA on tourist infrastructure in their respective areas.

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