More than 400 people stranded on the Kamchik Pass in Uzbekistan due to snowfall were evacuated by special trains on Wednesday.
According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Uzbekistan, at midnight on January 4, “Uzbek time”, the authorities temporarily closed the international highway A-373 in the Kamchik corridor due to the intensity of snowfall and the danger of avalanches, as well as special operations. The center was set up to evacuate civilians stuck in the corridor.
The Uzbek Railways company reported via Telegram that today they organized the evacuation of people stuck in the corridor by special train No. 902, which will pass through the Angren-Orzu-Pap districts, and added that more than 400 people have been evacuated so far.
It is noteworthy that the only road connecting the eastern regions of the Ferghana Valley with the rest of Uzbekistan passes through the Kamchik corridor, and the corridor is periodically closed during the year due to snow avalanches in winter and mudflows in spring.
In the summer of 2016, the Uzbek Railways company built the Angren-Pap electric railway, which runs through a 19-kilometer tunnel at the pass, to avoid constant traffic jams, but due to bad weather in winter, trains through the tunnel too.