Pakistan army opening blocked roads
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Oct 26, IRNA
Pakistan army said on Wednesday that a 42- kilometer stretch of road between Muzaffarabad and Chakothi, the town along the Line of Control, has been reopened and work is in progress on the remaining 15 km of road to reach Chakothi.
Pakistan Army Engineers are facing extreme difficulties in repairing the badly deteriorated Neelum Valley road, an army statement said.
Neelum Valley, also along the LoC on the Pakistani part of Kashmir, is still blocked by landslide and many homeless are inaccessible.
However a stretch of 7 kilometers from Muzaffarabad towards Neelum Valley has been cleared, the statement said.
The remaining portion of the road has been cleared for mule traffic.
All roads in the quake-affected Bagh and Rawlakot sectors in Kashmir are open for all types of traffic.
A bulldozer was also airlifted on US Chinook Helicopter for work in the roads badly devastated due to Oct 8 earthquake in Neelum Valley.
All measures are being taken to clear the roads by Army Engineers in order to facilitate transport in earthquake stricken areas, the statement said.
The army in another statement said that rehabilitation work is in full swing in Muzaffarabad city and 90 percent of the electricity has been resorted while 70 percent of the water supply has been reactivated by the government, army and NGOs working in the city.
Relief and rescue operations are in full swing where Pakistan Army troops are working ceaselessly to help their brethren of earthquake devastated areas of Kashmir and North West Frontier Province.
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