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Heavy rain and snow hit Pakistan, leaving at least 12 people dead

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At least 12 people have died and several were injured after heavy rains and snow hit Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces over the past 4 days.

7 people died after landslides caused by heavy rain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including 5 children near Alpuri, Shangla District. 16 people, including four children and four women, were injured as well.

As of January 23, 5 bodies had been recovered with at least 1 person still thought to be missing. Six people were rescued and survived.2

KP Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said one house was partially damaged while another was destroyed, adding that efforts are being made by the district administration to open the roads due to heavy snowfall.

Meanwhile, snowfall caused road accidents in Kalat, Mastung and Ziarat areas of Balochistan, leaving five people dead.

Several roads in the province were blocked by the snowfall.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) is forecasting a new spell of snowfall, aand warned landslides are possible in several areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Murree, Gilgit Baltistan, and Azad Kashmir.

References:

1  Landslide, snowfall kill 12 people in KP, Balochistan – Samaa

2 Pakistan – 8 Killed After Heavy Rain Causes Damage and Landslides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – FloodList

Featured image credit: NOAA-20, TW. Acquired on January 21, 2022

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