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At least 35 people lost their lives in sudden snowfall and rain in Pakistan

Syed Azam

22 of the dead were children. The cause of death of most of these victims was landslides caused by rains.

At least 35 people have lost their lives in the two provinces of Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, due to sudden snowfall, thunderstorms and freezing rain. Dozens of people were also injured.

22 of the dead were children. The cause of death of most of these victims was landslides caused by rains. At least 150 houses were completely destroyed and 500 partially damaged in the two provinces due to heavy rains, the local administration said.

Winter in Pakistan usually lasts till mid-February. Since then the temperature has increased. The arrival of summer can be felt from the beginning of March. The country’s meteorologists were also surprised by the snowfall and rain that started there from March 3.

Senior climatologist and former director of Pakistan Meteorological Department Mushtaq Ali Shah told BBC in this regard, “Light rain is not rare in early summer, but this kind of snowfall, storm and rain is unprecedented. We do not find any scientific explanation for this. Perhaps this happened due to global climate change.

Road and mobile communication networks have been disrupted in many remote areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan due to adverse weather conditions. Many areas have been without electricity for the past few days.

Hajit Shah (40), a resident of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Kirk district, told the BBC, “I have only seen snowfall like this twice in my entire life in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.” When I saw it before, I was 10 years old.

“However, the snow fell during the winter and the amount was much less than this time.”

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