Snowfall, rain claims 70 lives in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD (By Lala Hassan) The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has informed that the death toll from snowfall and rain-related incidents in Pakistan rose to 70 while the number of injured is estimated to be atleast 29; however the authority hinted an increase in the death toll due to rough weather in coming days.

According to the authority, rains in Balochistan have claimed 15 lives with 11 others injured. Further, at least 55 deaths and 12 injured have been reported in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to NDMA, in Neelam valley, 19 people died in an avalanche while 10 others went missing; while four injured have been rescued amid work was under way to rescue the remaining people.

On Monday, avalanches, landslides and other rain-related incidents claimed at least 21 lives and left scores of others injured as most parts of the country remained in the grip of a strong westerly weather system.

It further added that 11 deaths were reported from Kashmir, seven from Punjab and three from Balochistan. Meanwhile, Punjab had recorded 14 deaths in rain-related incidents two days ago.

According to Relief, Disaster and Civil Defence Secretary Syed Shahid Mohyiddin Qadri that heavy snowfall and rains had blocked several arteries in high altitude areas.

“Neelum Valley Road, Leepa Valley Road, Chikar-Bagh Road, Bagh-Lasdana Road, Mehmood Galli-Abbaspur Road and Tain Dhalkot Road were all closed for traffic,” he informed media.

People, particularly tourists have been advised, to avoid unnecessary travel in snowbound and landslide areas during the prevailing weather conditions.

On the other side provincial disaster management authority Balochistan claimed that at 11 women and six children had been killed; while over 13 got injured in various parts of the province.

Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal while talking to media said they had never experience such huge snow fall in the history of province as many areas had been closed due to continued snow fall.

Muhammad Salim, resident of Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said cool weather increasing day by day and they never faced such cool season in the past.

Senior journalist Saif-ur-Rehman, the resident of Gilgit told that there had been heavy snow fall in Gilgit Baltistan particularly Hunza, Khunjrab, Skardu and other areas, causing closure of roads and streets in different parts of the GB.

He told once sun light come out then roads will be open and this time snow fall remained three inches to feet in various parts.

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