KARACHI: Several tourists are reported to have been stuck as Pakistan’s Northern areas and parts of Azad Kashmir received snowfall.
Reports gathered by Regional Telegraph show that Murree, Naran, Kaghan, Nathiagali, Changhla Gali, Upper Dir, Kumrat, and parts of Azad Kashmir including Neelum Valley received overnight snowfall.
Besides these, hilly areas in Diamer district of Gilgit Baltistan, and upper areas like Babursar Top, Bhuttogah Top and Fairy Meadows also received snowfall. The DC of Diamer had already instructed people living in upper areas to move to lower places when the area had received first snowfall last month.
Dogdara, Kohistan and surrounding areas of Dir received snowfall after which the entire hilly area was blanketed with snow.
Babusar Top has already been shut down by authorities at the beginning of this month, and now is expected to be reopened in June next year.
Reports from Naran suggest that several tourists are stuck there due to overnight snowfall. People posted videos online, showing snow-covered hills and rest houses, while roads were fully blanketed with snow.
In Azad Kashmir, areas in Leepa and Neelum Valleys like Tehjiyan and Chinari also received snowfall where people opted to remain indoors. Life in Leepa valley came to standstill as locals were unable to move to any place due to snow-covered roads.
About a dozen school children reported stuck in Reeshyan, Bathwar Gali area in Leepa Valley of Azad Kashmir due to snowfall. Rescue and relief teams and a life care ambulance have been dispatched to the area to ensure safe recovery of the children.
At least one person was reported dead, others injured when a tree fell on their car on snow-covered road in Leepa Valley, near Orla area. Pakistan Army teams trying to reach the spot for relief and rescue work.
According to Pakistan Met Department, strong westerly wave has approached western parts of the country on Tuesday which gripped upper and central parts of the country from Tuesday night.
Under the influence of this weather system, widespread rain/wind- thunderstorm with snowfall over the hills are being witnessed at all districts of Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan, and Kashmir.
The Met Dept said scattered rain/wind-thunderstorm is also expected at districts of upper/central Punjab on Wednesday (today) and Thursday.
Isolated heavy falls may also occur in upper parts of the country. Hailstorm is also expected at isolated places during the period.