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January 17, 2020

Death toll now 104 in avalanche-hit areas: NDMA

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January 17, 2020

ISLAMABAD: As many as 104 people have died due to heavy snowfall and avalanches in various parts of the country.

According to daily situation report issued by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Thursday, around 77 people have died in AJK and 56 injured whereas 202 houses have been damaged due to avalanches in the Neelum district.

However, no further causalities are reported yet in Balochistan where 20 casualties have been recorded with 23 persons injured. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, five people have died and 13 injured with a total of 31 houses damaged due to heavy snowfall.

In Gilgit-Baltistan, two deaths have been reported with four injured and three houses damaged. The details of relief items comprising tonnes of ration, water, tents, first aid kits and many other necessary items have already been released by the NDMA, Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs), Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA) and State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) for the affected people of catastrophe-hit areas.

A total of 1,957 tents, 1,250 blankets, tarpaulins 400, ration of 13.6 tonnes, plastic mats 2,250, sheets 150, solar lights 550, kitchen sets 100, mattresses 150, 300 sleeping mats, miscellaneous clothing 2,700, shoes 350, first aid kits 250, lanterns 50, 60 tonnes of salt and 1,000 litres of water has been provided to the victims.

The report said the heavy snowfall in KP, AJK and GB has wreaked havoc with life and property whereas avalanches occurred in Surgan, Kel, Lawat, Chaknat, Neelum Valley and AJK. Over a dozen of various roads and highways are blocked in AJK, Balochistan, KP and GB.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Alipuri to Khawazakhela Road, Mastuj Road in Upper Chitral, local roads in Upper Dir, link roads in Abbottabad district, Kalabagh-Nathiagali Road, MNJ-Naran Road and Karakoram Highway (KKH) in Kohistan district are blocked. In Balochistan, Killa Abdullah Link Roads and N-50 Quetta-Kahnozai are still blocked due to heavy snowfall.