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Several roads closed due to heavy snowfall, landslide in northern areas

Several roads closed due to heavy snowfall, landslide in northern areas
January 5, 2022 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Several roads were closed due to heavy snowfall and landslide in northern areas on Wednesday.

The Korakarm Highway was closed due to landslide near Kohistan Samar Nullah. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded due to closure of routes. As a result, there is an acute shortage of food items in the area.

In Astore Valley, the link with different areas was disconnected due to severe snowfall. Traffic was suspended due to snowfall in Kalam Valley.

On the other hand, several low-lying areas were inundated due to incessant rain in Gwadar. Three people were killed in different roof-collapse incidents.

In Lahore, the cold spell intensified due to continuous rain. Citizens are facing numerous problems due to low gas pressure.

Meanwhile, the Met Office has predicted that the weather system presently giving rain over the country is likely become intensify further in Balochistan from Thursday and likely to extend upper parts on Friday.

Under the influence of this weather system:

Rain with Snowfall over the hills (isolated heavy to very heavy falls) is expected in Quetta, Ziarat, Pishin, Zhob, Qila Abdullah, Nokkundi, Dalbandin, Noshki, Turbat, Panjgur, Gwadar, Pasni, Jiwani, Lasbella, Kalat, Khuzdar, Mastung, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Jhalmagsi, Bolan, Sibbi, Kohlu, Barkhan, Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, Dadu, Karachi, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Mirpurkhas and Khairpur on 6th January (Thursday evening/night) and 7th January (Friday).

Rain with snowfall over the hills (isolated heavy to very heavy falls) is expected in Islamabad, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Malakand, Kohistan, Shangla, Buner, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Swabi, Mardan, Nowshera, Peshawar, Charsadda, Bajaur, Kurram, Waziristan, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Sargodha, Khushab, Bhakkar, Mianwali, Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore and Kasur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Layyah, Rajanpur, Multan, Khanewal, Sahiwal, Okara, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Rahimyar khan, from 06th January (Thursday evening/night) to 09th January (Sunday morning).

Heavy Snowfall is also expected in Quetta, Pishin, Ziarat, Qilla Abdullah, Harnai, Chaman on 06th January (Thursday(/07th January (Friday). While, in Murree, Galliyat, Neelum valley, Bagh, Haveli, Rawalakot, Naran, Kaghan, Hunza, Gilgit, Skardu, Astore, Chitral, Dir, Swat and Malam Jabba from 06th January (Thursday) to 09th January (Sunday afternoon).

Possible Impacts:

Farmers are advised to take necessary precautionary measures to protect standing crops from the harmful impacts of stagnant water due to current and expected heavy rains.

Heavy rainfall may generate flash flooding in vulnerable parts of Sibbi, Bolan, Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbella, Naseerabad and Kohlu on 06th (night) / 07th January and hill Torrents of Dera Ghazi Khan on 07th January (Friday).

Heavy falls may cause urban flooding in Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan and Sargodha on 07th /08th January.

Heavy snowfall may cause road closures (Quetta, Pishin, Ziarat, Qilla Abdullah, Harnai, Chaman on 06th/07th January. While, Murree, Galliyat, Nathiagali, Kaghan, Naran, Dir, Swat, Chitral, Astore, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Neelum valley, Bagh and Haveli districts from 06th January (Thursday evening/night) to 09th January (Sunday afternoon).

Possibility of Avalanches/Landslides in the vulnerable areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir cannot be ruled out during the period.