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Heavy rains and snowfall claims 22 lives in Balochistan

PDMA has declared an emergency in Ziarat, Harnai, Pishin, Mastung, Qila Abdullah and Kech
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QUETTA/ ISLAMABAD
At least 22 people have been killed and 17 injured due to heavy rains and snowfall in Balochistan over the past three days, police and levies officials said Monday.
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority has declared an emergency in Mastung, Qilla Abdullah, Kech, Ziarat, Harnai, and Pishin districts of the province.
Due to heavy snowfall on the Khojak Top, communication lines between Ziarat and Quetta were severely affected. The Chaman-Quetta highway was also closed down that worsened the traffic situation. Many travellers and tourists remained stuck on roads for hours.
In the last 24 hours, 56mm rain was recorded in Turbat, 40mm in Pasni and 26mm in Pishin, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department. More snowfall is expected in Quetta, Harnai, Ziarat, Qilla Abdullah and Pishin in the coming days.
These areas have also been affected by prolonged power and gas outages and disruption of internet services. The provincial government and disaster management authority have warned people against travelling.
They said travelling on highways was extremely dangerous as the roads got slippery after heavy snowfall.
Met Dept predicts more rains
Meteorological department has predicted more rains in different areas of the country and snowfall on mountain areas while continued downpour from Sunday has intensified cold in Islamabad.
Many areas of the country are in the grip of rains and snowfall owing to system entered from the west while rains has been continued in Islamabad since Sunday which has increased chill in the city.
The met dept has said that the spell of the rain will continue to lash in Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan and Sindh in intervals while snowfall is expected on mountain areas.
In the last 24 hours rains lashed in Larkana, Muree, Chakwal, Jauharabad, Lahore, Bhukur, Layya, DG Khan, Nurpur Thal, Gujrat, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
Downpours also occued in some districts of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) while snowfall recorded in Ziyarat, Quetta, Zhob, Qalat, Malam Jabba, Kalam, Para Chanar, Chitral, Bagrot, Skardu, Hunza and Store in this period.
Rains Expected
According to the met office rains are expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Upper and Central Punjab, Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir in the next 24 hours
Downpours are also expected North-western areas of Balochsitan while snowfall is also expected Upper KPK, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
However heavy rains are expected in Kashmir and districts in Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.



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