Vol. 5 Num 926 Sat. January 06, 2007  

20 feared dead in Pak Kashmir landslide

More than 20 people were trapped and feared dead yesterday when a landslide triggered by recent rain hit their vehicle in the Pakistan-administered zone of Kashmir, officials said.

"Two people have been rescued but more than 20 were still trapped inside the vehicle buried in the landslide," senior administration official Bashir Mughal told AFP.

The tragedy happened near Kotli, about 210km south of the state capital Muzaffarabad, devastated by a massive earthquake some 15 month ago, he said.

The victims were in a packed minibus travelling to the mountainous region of Kotli from the northern Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.

"We don't know the exact number of fatalities but the two survivors said there were more than 20 people in the minibus," he said, adding that rescue teams were trying to retrieve the vehicle.