Aug 22, 2023 at 11:22 AM Update: an hour ago
Six children and two teachers have been trapped in a cable car gondola in Pakistan for hours. This is because a cable has snapped. The gondola hangs above a ravine that is almost 300 meters deep. A major rescue operation has been launched.
The group uses the cable car to reach a school in the mountain area around Battagram. It is located about 200 kilometers north of the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
According to authorities, the children and teachers have been detained since midnight (Dutch time). A cable from the cable car was said to have snapped. Attempts to repair the cable were unsuccessful.
Rescuers then tried to reach the group by helicopter. But due to strong gusts of wind, that rescue attempt came to naught. The Pakistani authorities do not want to further unbalance the cable car with the rotor blades of the helicopter.
Acting Prime Minister Anwar Ul Haq Kakar writes on X (formerly Twitter) to sympathize with the victims. He also wants safety checks for all cable cars and chairlifts in the area.
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