Death Toll Rises to 70 in snowfall, rain related incidents across the country

By Syed Umarullah Hussaini - Web Editor

14th January, 2020

At least 70 people died in three days due to severe cold, rain related incidents,landsliding nd avalanche over fifteen villages of Neelum valley, AJK.

Media reports cited The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)’s official statement.

It said an increase in the death toll is anticipated by the authority.

According to NDMA, rains in Baluchistan have claimed 15 lives and have injured 11 others. At least 55 deaths and 12 injured have been reported in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

In Neelam valley, 19 people have died in an avalanche while 10 others are still missing. According to NDMA, four injured have been rescued while work is currently under way to rescue the remaining people.

Major thoroughfares in Baluchistan, including Bolan Road, Khanozai Road and Quetta-Chaman Road have been closed for the time being, the statement said, adding that the most snowfall recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was at Lowari Approach Road at a whopping 23 inches.

Emergency Declared In Baluchistan Due To Heavy Rain, Snowfall

On the other hand, Chief Minister Baluchistan Jam Kamal Khan visited Quetta and other areas, and extended his condolences on the demise of people.

He instructed the authorities to give access to the disconnected areas.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Usman Bazdar called Jamal Kamal Khan and expressed his regret over the loss of valuable lives and also offered all kind of assistance to the Balochistan government.

Land sliding and snowfall in Azad Kashmir killed 10 people, injured 12, damaged 23 buildings and destroyed three vehicles.

The land contact between Neelum and Leepa Valley also disconnected.

While over six feet of snow has fallen over the mountains.

One girl killed and seven others injured when a roof collapsed in Sukkur.

A roof also fell owing to the rains in Jhang, in which a girl died and two people injured.

Two girls killed in Khanewal as well.

Two victims of the Tibet Glacier have rescued.

Skardu’s 26-year record of severe snowfall broke in January.

Closed roads have paralyzed system of life.

8 inches of snow in Hunza as the residents of the area suffer from severe problems.

Malam Jabba received the highest 60 mm of rainfall and 36 inches of snow.

Galyat in Murree and Neelum in Azad Kashmir closed owing to the heavy snowfall.

Two feet of snow poured in Ayubia, Nathia Gali and Changla Gali, affecting the life of the system.

A strong westerly wave is affecting most upper and central parts of the country and likely to persist in upper parts till Tuesday night.

Fog is likely to prevail in plain areas of Punjab and Sindh during night and morning hours.

Heavy rains also expected to cause landsliding and snowfall in areas of Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Malakand and Hazara.


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