2010 Kohistan avalanche

The 2010 Kohistan avalanche occurred in the Kohistan District, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan on February 17, 2010, striking the village of Bagaro Serai and killing at least 38 people.[1][2][3][4]


The avalanche came down on at least four houses in the remote village, which has been struck by heavy snow storms in recent days.[1] According to local officials, rescue teams faced difficulties getting into the village as all the roads were blocked due to the avalanche and further landslides.[4][5] Police and volunteers had to hike through the night to reach the scene of the avalanche and the police faced communication problems as radio reception was hampered by the mountainous terrain.[6] A search for stranded people was being conducted and a request had been made to send a helicopter and heavy machinery to the village to assist in the rescue operation.[5][7]


Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani expressed his grief and sorrow for the loss of lives and the destruction of properties caused by the avalanche.[8] He has directed authorities to speed up the rescue operation and the safe evacuation of trapped people in the village.[8]


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  4. ^ a b "Avalanche buries Pak village, 40 killed". The Times of India. 18 February 2010. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
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  8. ^ a b "PM grieved at loss of lives in Kohistan avalanche". Associated Press of Pakistan. Associated Press of Pakistan. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2010.

Coordinates: 35°15′N 73°30′E / 35.25°N 73.5°E / 35.25; 73.5