At least 41 people have been killed across the country as severe winter weather continued across the country.
According to Imran Zarkon, chief of provincial disaster management, 22 people have died in the last 24 hours, mainly due to roofs collapsed amid heavy snowfall in Balochistan. The heavy snowfall had forced closures of many highways, with some parts in the province under six inches of snow. Three people were killed in Punjab province, battered by heavy rains, and 15 others died in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
While in Sindh, one person lost his life as a result of heavy rains in Sukkur.
Pakistan has experienced a severely cold winter this time around. And the winter hadn’t been just cold, it had proved to be deadly too. While Lahore and Karachi have experience the most cold winter on record, countries around the world have had relatively warm winters.
What does this say about climate change? We need to acknowledge that the threat of climate change is real and it’s approaching. It’s just not anymore about fires in a country far off from Pakistan. Climate change is effecting the world and though it still doesn’t seems to be threat, it needs to be treated as one.
Hundreds of passengers, including women and infants, were stuck on the roads in harsh weather on Monday night as a massive snowstorm took place in different parts of Balochistan.
Levies officials said that more than 500 passengers were stranded in Kan Mehtarzai area of Killa Saifullah district, where temperatures dipped to as low as -14°C while heavy snowfall and strong winds almost buried cars on the main National Highway.
The MET Office has forecast cold and dry weather for most parts of Balochistan for the next 24 hours.
Emergency has been declared in seven districts of Balochistan, which were badly affected due to heavy rain and snowfall.