(MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan) — Extreme winter climate has claimed extra lives as avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall killed 55 individuals in Pakistan-administered Kashmir whereas 15 died in neighboring Afghanistan, officers stated Tuesday.
The most recent deaths increase the 2 international locations’ general loss of life toll from the extreme climate to 126 since Sunday.
The disputed Himalayan area of Kashmir was the worst-affected space, with 55 deaths previously 24 hours, stated Waseem Uddin, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority.
Amongst these fatalities, 41 died in a single avalanche within the Neelum Valley whereas 14 individuals died in elsewhere within the area, he informed The Related Press. Avalanches are frequent in Kashmir, which is split between Pakistan and India and claimed by each in its entirety.
Earlier on Tuesday, Ahmad Raza Qadri, the minister for the catastrophe administration authority in Kashmir, stated that they had declared a state of emergency within the affected areas. “Rescuers are dealing with difficulties in reaching the stricken villages,” he stated, Army helicopters had been getting used to evacuate individuals as authorities battle to reopen highways and attain individuals reduce off by heavy snowfall and avalanches in each Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Additionally badly affected by heavy snowfall is Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, the place 20 individuals died, stated Uddin, including that some components within the province was below six inches of snow. Twelve individuals had been additionally killed in weather-related incidents in Pakistan’s japanese Punjab province.
In Afghanistan, the State Ministry for Catastrophe Administration confirmed at the least 15 extra deaths in a single day, elevating the loss of life toll in weather-related incidents since Sunday to 39.
To date, about 300 homes have been broken throughout Afghanistan due to snowfall, floods and landslides, the company stated. On Monday, residents of the Afghan capital, Kabul, the place temperatures dropped to -15 levels Celsius (5 levels Fahrenheit), deserted driving and struggled to get to work on snow-covered roads.
Faiez reported from Kabul, Afghanistan.