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Heavy Snowfall and Rain Kill 14 in Pakistan, Neighbouring India Witnesses Sleet

© REUTERS / NASEER AHMEDPeople visit the snow-covered Hanna Lake after a snowfall on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan January 12, 2020
People visit the snow-covered Hanna Lake after a snowfall on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan January 12, 2020 - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik): While heavy snowfall in Pakistan’s Balochistan province wreaked havoc and claimed several lives, including men, women, and children, others there and in neighbouring India enjoyed the snowy weather, which has turned mountainous regions into a literal winter wonderland.

Heavy snowfall and incessant rain have left at least 14 Pakistanis dead and several injured in various parts of country's Balochistan province, local media reported on Monday, citing meteorologists.

An emergency has been declared by Pakistan’s disaster management authority after excessive snow and a downpour claimed lives, causing roofs to collapse, Geo TV of Pakistan reports.

— MajesticBalochistan (@MajesticBln) January 12, 2020

​According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, snowfall in Balochistan’s capital city of Quetta has broken a 20-year-old record following three- to four feet of snow. Highways had to be closed and air traffic was halted, disconnecting Balochistan from the rest of the world.

The continuous snow has covered provincial capital city of Quetta in a thick sheet of ice, leading to the collapse of a large number of mud houses.

While the weather continues to wreak havoc on the daily life of peoplein the affected areas, some took to social media to share their winter view of Quetta, the largest city in Balochistan.

​Pictures show cars, houses, and roads all covered in a blanket of snow as people enjoy the mesmerising surroundings.

India, to the east of Pakistan, also witnessed fresh snow in its mountainous areas of Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand.

Tourists from the plains and cities have thronged to hill stations to witness their first snowfall of 2020.

A cold wave continues to grip the national capital Delhi, which has witnessed one of its coldest winters, as the temperature dropped to a record-breaking 2.4 degrees Celsius this time.

 

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