5 persons buried under snow on Babusar top

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Five members of a Tableeghi Jamaat were buried along with their vehicle by an avalanche near Chillas on Wednesday.

The group had gone from Chillas to Babusar on a trip to the northern side of Pakistan. Their vehicle was hit by an avalanche while they were returning from the 13,600-foot-high Babusar Top.

Locals started rescue operations immediately and were able to pull out one person alive after digging through the debris. Two dead bodies were also recovered.

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Two people are believed to be inside the vehicle. The police and disaster management authority have stepped up the rescue efforts.

Official say efforts are underway to open the road by removing snow from the road.

The Babusar Pass connects Gilgit-Baltistan with Naran and Kaghan valleys, and is blanketed by snow at this time of the year. It is a scenic place, visited by thousands of tourists every year.

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