Snowfall deaths in Pakistan rise to 75 people

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

Pakistani authorities announced on Tuesday that the number of victims of snowfall and accidents related to rain during the past three days has risen to at least 75, while it estimated the number of injured at 64.

The National Disaster Management Authority said it expected an increase in the number of dead and injured, with continued rains and snowfall in many parts of the country, according to the English-language Pakistani newspaper “Dawn”.

The authority said that at least 55 deaths and 12 injuries were reported in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, which is under Pakistani administration.

Liaquat Shahwani, a Balochistan government spokesman, said 20 people had lost their lives in the province in snow-related accidents.

He added that the provincial prime minister, Jam Kamal Khan, personally supervises the relief work being carried out.

On Monday, avalanches, landslides and other rain-related accidents killed at least 21 people and left dozens injured, as most parts of the country were hit by a bad weather wave in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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