Snowfall, rain disrupt communication links
Population in upper parts of country continue to suffer due to intense cold weather and disruption of land and communication links caused by intermittent rains and snowfall in mountainous regions. According to details, upper parts of the country including Malakand, Malam Jabba, Kalam, Chitral, Skardu, Ghizer, Diamer and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) received scattered rain and snowfall during past 24 hours.
Copyright Independent News Pakistan, 2013
Thousands of people including students, tourists, patients and public servants remained stranded as the avalanche and mud slides disconnected different far-flung areas of KP, GB and AJK besides creating shortage of fuel, food items and medicines.
The stranded population was also facing commotion in service of various cellular companies.
The profiteers and hoarders taking advantage of the situation increased the prices of LPG, firewood and food commodities, further adding to hardships of poor people.
The stranded population has demanded the authorities concerned to clear the roads so that they can travel to main towns to get edibles, fuel and medicines.
The tourists, students and public servants stranded in various cut off areas also appealed the government to help them leave for concerned destinations.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted cold and dry weather in most parts of the country during next few days. However, cloudy weather in GB and AJK besides light rain and snowfall in upper parts would continue during the next 24 hours.
During past 24 hours lowest temperature -12oC was recorded in Skardu while minimum temperature recorded in other cities were Parachinar, -10oC, Astore, -08oC, Darosh, Quetta and Hunza -07oC, Qalat, Chitral, -06oC, Dalbandin, Dir and Malam Jabba, -05oC.