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Death toll due to heavy snowfall increases to 104 across country

Death toll due to heavy snowfall increases to 104 across country
January 16, 2020
MUZAFFARABAD (92 News) – The death toll due to landslides after heavy rain and snowfall has increased to 104 across the country. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), as many as 77 people were killed due to landslide and avalanches in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. In Balochistan, 20 people killed and 236 houses were damaged due to snowfall. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, five people were killed, while two people died in Gilgit-Baltistan. .Several link roads have been affected in Blaochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir. The NDMA spokesman said that they were in complete contact with all departments concerned. “Field teams are working to provide a relief to the affected people,” he said. He said that 2,000 tents, 1250 blankets and 2,250 items have been transported to the affected areas. Meanwhile, Pakistan Army is continuing its rescue and relief operation in rain and snow-hit areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Balochistan. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan Army’s rescue and relief operations are underway in the affected areas of Neelam Valley, Gilgit and Balochistan. The ISPR also said that army helicopters are delivering relief goods, tents, blankets, rations, medicines and prepared food to the victims.   Military personnel, the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) and the civil administration are taking joint steps. Meanwhile, blocked Karakoram Highway and Jaglot Skardu Road at Pattan, Matta Banda, Shatial, Tatta Pani, Hunza ,Sost, Morkhoon, Khunjerab and Dambudas have been restored. ISPR said that portions of N50 and N25 at Khan Mehtarzai and Lakpass Tunnel in Balochistan have also been cleared.