Children cling to a cable car in Battagram, Pakistan as rescue operations continue

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Rescue operations are underway as eight people, including six children, are trapped in a cable car some 900 feet above the ground after a cable fell in a remote mountain area in the head of a northern Pakistan, the country’s National Disaster Management Agency said on Tuesday.

The group X said, the platform formerly known as Twitter, that the army had sent a military helicopter to Battagram, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, to help with the rescue operation. According to the Pakistani military, a second helicopter has been deployed and special forces are also arriving at the site to rescue those trapped.

The car can be seen in the image shared by the group hanging in the air. Rescue teams are trying to spread nets under the cable car, an official from the area, Jawad Hussain, told the Dawn newspaper from Pakistan.

He said the locals organized and used the privately owned cable car due to the lack of roads and bridges in the area.

The children were using the transport, which some officials called a chairlift, to get to school in a mountainous area about 124 miles north of Islamabad, Reuters reported.

Caretaker of Pakistan Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar explained the incident as “very scary.” He disclosed that he had ordered authorities to “urgently ensure the safe rescue and evacuation of the 8 people involved in the carlift,” adding that he had ordered safety checks on each lift. a chair

Kakar was named caretaker prime minister after the country’s parliament was dissolved earlier this month.

A 20-year-old man on the lift identified only as Gulfaraz told local station Geo News that he and other passengers have been stuck for more than six hours. He said that a 16-year-old passenger, who is suffering from heart disease, has been unconscious for the last three hours. “We don’t even have drinking water in the chairlift,” he said.

The students are between 10 and 16 years old, he said.

“The first cable broke after the chairlift traveled a mile,” he said, adding that the passengers have been waiting for help since early morning and there was a second cable that broke.

A school teacher, Zafar Iqbal, told Geo News that 150 children in the area usually use the cable car to travel to school.

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