57 dead in Neelum valley avalanche
NEELUM: The efforts to rescue other people are still underway, after at least 57 dead bodies and 42 injured people were recovered from an avalanche in Neelum Valley, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
A Pakistan Army helicopter has arrived to help in the rescue operation. Vehicles could not be sent due to heavy snow in the region.
Forty-seven houses have been completely ruined and 78 others are affected, while seven cars, three motorcycles and a mosque have also been damaged.
The local administration has dispatched the teams to clear the roads so that commuting could be restored in the area.
Arab News has quoted to government officials as saying that several people had been stranded in avalanche after heavy rains and snowfall lashed the area which also triggered landslide.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), at least 70 people have been killed and dozens others injured in rain and snow related incidents across the country in last few days.
“Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while very cold in upper parts and north Balochistan. However, cloudy weather with light rain and snowfall over hills is expected in Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir,” the Pakistan Met Department said in a weather forecast on Tuesday.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department has said Karachi was likely to get colder and temperature hear would drop as low as six degrees in the upcoming days.
“The Siberian winds coming from the Southern parts of the country, especially Quetta, will make the city colder,” said a spokesperson of the department.
As the temperature drops, it’s expected that the winters in the city will be at their lowest after five years. “In 2014, Karachi’s temperature had dropped to 6.5ºC,” the spokesperson added.
The department said the cold wave will last till January 22. The Met department has anticipated dry and cold weather for Tuesday in the metropolis.