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Pakistan, 95 dead due to heavy snowfall

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

At least 95 people have died as a result of various disasters caused by heavy snowfall in the last two days in Pakistan, local authorities said.

An official from the National Agency for Disaster Management (NDMA) told AA that avalanches, landslides, floods and rooftops have been recorded in the last two days as a result of rainfall.

According to him, 67 people were killed and 53 were injured by avalanche and storm that affected 15 villages in Neelum valley of Azad Kashmir region, while 21 dead were recorded in Balochistan due to heavy snowfall.

According to local media, seven people have also lost their lives in Punjab province.

In the meantime, the education process has been suspended in Kashmir, as transportation has been disabled in many residential areas and authorities have issued avalanche warnings.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Twitter that he has ordered military personnel in Kashmir and all state institutions to participate in search and rescue activities.

Khan traveled to Kashmir to look closely at the situation to visit the injured.

Likewise, many settlements in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces have been barred from connecting, while many people trapped on closed roads in these two provinces have been rescued by soldiers. Helicopters are also participating in rescue activities.

Gilgit-Baltistan Province, one of the country’s most important tourist spots, is also experiencing the highest snowfall in the last 50 years. Authorities have warned of avalanche and thunderstorm dangers to Pakistani nationals who want to travel to mountainous areas.

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