Severe weather in Afghanistan, Pakistan leaves 54 dead

  • Severe weather in Afghanistan, Pakistan leaves 54 dead

Severe weather in Afghanistan, Pakistan leaves 54 dead

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Severe winter weather has hit parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan, leaving at least 43 people dead, blocking roads and forcing airports to cancel flights.

The death toll from snowfall and rain-related incidents in Pakistan over the last three days rose to 75 while the number of injured is estimated to be 64, officials said on Tuesday.

Across the border 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.

At least 17 people were killed by an extreme cold snap Afghanistan, as heavy snowfall and rain continued to lash parts of the country, government said on Saturday.

In Pakistan, where 30 people were reported killed, much of the damage struck southwestern Baluchistan province.

"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.

People walk on a road during heavy snow fall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province on January 12, 2020.

Two Pakistani officials said many villagers were still stranded by the avalanches in the Neelum valley area following heavy rain that also triggered landslides.

Levies officials said that more than 500 passengers were stranded in Kan Mehtarzai area of Killa Saifullah district, where temperatures dipped to as low as -14°C while heavy snowfall and strong winds nearly buried cars on the main National Highway. On Monday, residents of the Afghan capital, Kabul, where temperatures dropped to -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit), abandoned driving and struggled to get to work on snow-covered roads.

It was not just frozen precipitation creating problems in the country. Eleven people were killed in eastern Punjab province, battered by heavy rains, and five others died in the Pakistani-administered part of Kashmir, officials with the state-run emergency service said. The severe weather also paralyzed highways and led to power outages, as emergency workers scrambled to provide assistance to those trapped in snow-hit areas.