83 Dead as Harsh Cold Weather Grips Pakistan

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On Tuesday, the death toll from snow-related deaths climbed up to 83. The severe cold weather all across Pakistan has claimed the lives of 83 people and brought life to a standstill.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued a statement stating that at least 55 people died in Azad Kashmir due to severe weather.

Also, NDMA said that in an avalanche 19 people died and 10 others are missing. Four people injured have been recovered.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhawa chief of provincial disaster management Ahmad Raza Qadri said, “49 bodies were removed from collapsed buildings in Muzaffarabad.”

Also read: Rain and heavy snow falling claim lives of 23 people in AJK

Adding, “Rescue operation is underway with the help of Pakistan Army.”

The injured as per Qadri have been shifted to nearby hospitals in the Pakistan Army helicopters.

Due to harsh weather, hundreds of passengers have been stuck on the roads as a huge snowstorm wreaked havoc in various parts of Balochistan.

In the Kan Mehtarzai area of Killa Saifullah district, 500 passengers were stranded as the temperature dropped to as low as -14°C.

Cold and dry weather is forecasted by the MET Office for most parts of Balochistan for the next 24 hours. In 7 districts of Balochistan emergency has been declared.

In many parts of the Chitral district including Lowari Tunnel 23-inch snowfall was recorded. Also, heavy snowfall in Gilgit-Baltistan broke the 50-year record. In Hunza and Nagar an emergency was declared due to continued rain and snowfall for the last 36 hours.

People have been advised by the authorities to avoid traveling via the mountainous routes because of the threat of landslides. In Gilgit Baltistan snowfall has also affected the electricity distribution. In two separate incidents of snow avalanches in the snow-clad Neelam valley of the AJK five persons were buried alive.

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