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World Harsh weather kills 70 more people in Pakistan, Afghanistan

16:20  14 january  2020
16:20  14 january  2020 Source:   ap.org

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At least 30 people were killed in Pakistan . Officials were struggling to evacuate people and deliver supplies. Five more died in the Pakistani -administered part of Kashmir, officials with the state-run In Afghanistan , harsh weather conditions led to the deaths of at least 24 people , according to the

In Pakistan , where 30 people were reported killed , much of the damage struck southwestern Baluchistan province. Imran Zarkon, chief of provincial disaster management, said 14 died there in the past 24 hours, mainly when roofs collapsed amid heavy snowfall. Heavy snowfall had forced closures

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Severe winter weather has claimed more lives as avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall killed 55 people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir while 15 died in neighboring Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

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Fifty-five people have died and more are missing in Pakistani -administered Kashmir, officials say. The harsh weather has also killed dozens in other parts of Pakistan , and in India and In Afghanistan , the official toll stands at 24 dead and 40 wounded over the past two weeks, with most

Severe winter weather combined with a harsh cold snap has left dozens dead across Afghanistan and Pakistan as officials work to reopen highways and evacuate people cut off by heavy Heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods have left more than 50 dead in Pakistan and Afghanistan , officials said Monday.

The latest deaths raise the two countries' overall death toll from the severe weather to 126 since Sunday.

The disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir was the worst-affected area, with 55 deaths in the past 24 hours, said Waseem Uddin, a spokesman for Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority.

Among those fatalities, 41 died in a single avalanche in the Neelum Valley while 14 people died in elsewhere in the region, he told The Associated Press. Avalanches are common in Kashmir, which is divided between Pakistan and India and claimed by both in its entirety.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ahmad Raza Qadri, the minister for the disaster management authority in Kashmir, said they had declared a state of emergency in the affected areas. “Rescuers are facing difficulties in reaching the stricken villages," he said,

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In Pakistan , where 25 people were reported to have died, much of the damage struck south-western In Afghanistan , at least 18 people , including women and children, died due to the severe weather Of the Afghan casualties, eight people were killed in southern Kandahar province, said a

In Pakistan , where 25 people were reported killed , much of the damage struck southwestern Baluchistan province. Imran Zarkon, chief of provincial disaster In Afghanistan , at least 18 people , including women and children, died on account of the severe weather , according to provincial officials.

Military helicopters were being used to evacuate people as authorities struggle to reopen highways and reach people cut off by heavy snowfall and avalanches in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Also badly affected by heavy snowfall is Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, where 20 people died, said Uddin, adding that some parts in the province was under six inches of snow. Twelve people were also killed in weather-related incidents in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province.

In Afghanistan, the State Ministry for Disaster Management confirmed at least 15 more deaths overnight, raising the death toll in weather-related incidents since Sunday to 39.

So far, about 300 houses have been damaged across Afghanistan because of snowfall, floods and landslides, the agency said. On Monday, residents of the Afghan capital, Kabul, where temperatures dropped to -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit), abandoned driving and struggled to get to work on snow-covered roads.

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In Pakistan , where 30 people were reported killed , much of the damage struck southwestern Balochistan Province. Imran Zarkon, chief of provincial disaster In Afghanistan , at least 18 people , including women and children, died on account of the severe weather , according to provincial officials.

Severe winter weather has hit parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan , leaving at least 43 people dead, blocking roads and forcing airports to cancel flights. Read more : Monsoon floods kill dozens in Pakistan . Flight operations at an international airport in Quetta, the capital city of Baluchistan, have

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Faiez reported from Kabul, Afghanistan.

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, photo, people walk on a road during heavy snow fall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province. Much of the damage was caused in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province where Imran Zarkon, the head of provincial disaster management authority said 14 people were killed in the past 24 hours because of roofs amid winter's unusual snowfall, which also blocked highways and disrupted normal life. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)© Provided by Associated Press In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, photo, people walk on a road during heavy snow fall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province. Much of the damage was caused in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province where Imran Zarkon, the head of provincial disaster management authority said 14 people were killed in the past 24 hours because of roofs amid winter's unusual snowfall, which also blocked highways and disrupted normal life. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt) People sit around a fire to warm themselves after a heavy snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods that left dozens dead, officials said Monday as authorities struggled to clear and reopen highways and evacuate people to safer places. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)© Provided by Associated Press People sit around a fire to warm themselves after a heavy snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with heavy snowfall, rains and flash floods that left dozens dead, officials said Monday as authorities struggled to clear and reopen highways and evacuate people to safer places. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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