Death toll in Pakistan avalanche rises to 14

The death toll from an avalanche rose to 14 after Army rescuers recovered seven more bodies from the bus wreckage.

world Updated: Jan 07, 2006 17:45 IST

The death toll from an avalanche in Pakistan's northern Kohistan district rose to 14 after Army rescuers recovered seven more bodies from the bus wreckage, news reports said on Saturday.

The rescuers who worked late into night also pulled out 14 survivors from the smashed bus that was hit by the avalanche on the Karakorum highway linking Pakistan with China.

Seven people had been killed at the site while 18 others were moved to hospital on Friday for medical treatment, nine of them in critical condition.

It was the second fatal incident in Kohistan in 10 days. At least 24 people were killed last week when an avalanche hit them while they were searching for precious stones in the rocky district.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 17:45 IST