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Pakistan Chairlift: Children are stranded 900 feet in the air after a chairlift cable breaks in Pakistan’s northwest.

Currently, a pressing rescue operation is being conducted in Pakistan to aid six children and two adults who are currently stuck in a chairlift suspended at an altitude of 900 feet (274 meters) above a mountainous area in the northwestern section of the country.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan, on Tuesday at 9 a.m. local time, while en route to school in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the youngsters experienced a cable failure on the chairlift.

According to the district’s deputy commissioner, Tanveer Ur Rehman, the surveillance helicopter arrived at the chairlift position prior to the arrival of a larger helicopter. This was done to ensure that there was sufficient capacity to accommodate all individuals in need of rescue.

According to a statement sent to the Pakistani media site Geo News, it has been reported that two individuals among the pupils present on the chairlift are experiencing intermittent states of awareness.

The individual identified as Gulfaraz, who was a passenger, implored the relevant state authorities to initiate appropriate measures. According to his statement, the students within the age range of 10 to 15 years lack access to potable water.

According to Ur Rehman, rescue staff administered antiemetic medication to passengers in response to complaints of children experiencing vomiting. Additionally, individuals who were stranded were provided with medication relevant to cardiac health.

According to his statement, the helicopters will remain airborne until the rescue mission is concluded due to the excessive movement generated by their descent, which would further disrupt the remaining cable.

According to a statement made by a local government official, a group of eight minors were reportedly confined with adult individuals at an elevation of 1,200 feet (365 meters).

According to Bilal Ahmad Faizi, a rescue official, the chairlift serves as a means of transportation between two neighboring settlements within the region. It operates using a dual cable system, one of which has had a fracture.

According to an official announcement, the caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan, Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, has issued a directive for the immediate closure of all chairlifts that are deemed dilapidated and non-compliant with safety regulations.

A significant number of youngsters residing in geographically isolated and hilly regions of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province heavily depend on cable car systems for their daily commute to and from educational institutions. Certain modes of transportation in question may exhibit a deficiency in routine upkeep, hence posing a potential hazard to individuals utilizing them for travel purposes.

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