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Heavy snowfall breaks 50-Year record in GB

our correspondent
GILGIT
The heavy snowfall of nowadays in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) has broken the 50 years record of snowfall in the region as in Hunza and Nagar an emergency has been declared after continued rain and snowfall since last 36 hours.
According to correspondent all government functionaries have been put on alert as areas of Gilgit-Baltistan were in grip of severe cold owing to continued rains and snowfall. In upper areas one foot snowfall has been recorded while the low-lying areas have received 10 inches snowfall.
All link roads in upper areas of GB and Karakoram Highway were closed after heavy snowfall besides since two days Gilgit Baltistan has no aerial or road link with rest of the country.
The chilly condition has also reached to alarming leval in the area as due to roads closure and extreme cold people have little access to medical facilities.
The GHDMA has advised people to avoid travelling through mountainous routes owing to threats of landslides. The snowfall has also greatly affected the electricity distribution system in Gilgit Baltistan coupling the hardship of locals.
On the other hand youth in civic areas were seemed to be enjoying the snowfall by coming out on roads and throwing snowballs on each other and enjoying hot tea and fish at local hotels.
Chitral receives 23inch snowfall
Snowfall continued in parts of Chitral district including Lowari Tunnel where 23 inch snowfall was recorded till filing of this report.
The spokesman of Relief and Settlement Department told APP on Monday that Chitral Road has been blocked for all kinds of traffic due to land-sliding and snowfall.
The official said snowfall continued at Kalash valley where five inch snowfall was reported. The Kalash road was also blocked for vehicular traffic.
Darosh-Shishikoh road was also blocked after receiving six inch snowfall. Chitral-Garam Chashma Road received six inch snowfall and was blocked for traffic.
Chitral-Booni road and internal roads of Chitral City each with five inch snow fall were also blocked.
The Relief Department KP has directed the district administration Chitral to clear the above roads and mobilize heavy machinery subject to weather conditions and stoppage of snowfall.



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