Snowstorms leave scores dead in Afghanistan, Pakistan

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2020

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Severe winter weather has claimed more lives as avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall killed 55 people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir while 15 died in neighboring Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

The latest deaths raise the two countries' overall death toll from the severe weather to 126 since Sunday.

In Afghanistan, more than 300 houses were either destroyed or partially damaged throughout the country, said Ahmad Tamim Azimi, a spokesman for the Natural Disaster Management Authority, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

Harsh winters often take a heavy toll in mountainous Afghanistan, and the country remains poor despite billions of dollars in aid from the worldwide community.

Heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods have left more than 50 dead in Pakistan and Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

Numerous deaths were due to roofs collapsing amid heavy snowfall.

Of the Afghan casualties, eight people were killed in southern Kandahar province, said Bahir Ahamdi, spokesman for the provincial governor.

An internally displaced Afghan girl poses for a photograph at a camp in the snow on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020.

Major thoroughfares in Balochistan, 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.

"Most of those who died were women and children", said Mohammad Younus, an official with the provincial disaster management authority, adding that hundreds remained stranded.

It was not just frozen precipitation creating problems in the country.

Eleven people also died in Punjab province after their roofs caved in due to strong rains, officials reported.

Relief, Disaster and Civil Defence Secretary Syed Shahid Mohyiddin Qadri told Dawn that heavy snowfall and rains had blocked several arteries in high altitude areas.

The divided Himalayan region has witnessed heavy snowfall in recent days and power cuts have been reported. Emergency services said they were struggling to provide food and other items to snow-hit areas.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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