Heavy snowfall in upper areas of Pakistan.
Almost the entire country was in the grip of a cold wave on Monday, with a number of cities and towns struck by temperatures ranging between -17C and -21C. The federal capital (Islamabad) went through its most uncomfortable day in 46 years as the mercury plunged to three below Celsius.
Even Karachi, known for its mild winters, was not far behind, recording a minimum temperature of six degrees Celsius. The city is likely to face more cold on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A minimum temperature of -2.8C in Islamabad had been recorded in 1984, but the lowest temperature recorded in the city is -3.9C in 1967.
Officials said that the wave was the fallout of extreme cold weather conditions in Europe as cold winds coming from there dry up after crossing the Central Asian region.
The lowest temperature recorded on Monday was -15C in Kalat. It was -13C in Quetta, -12C in Skardu, -10C in Parachinar, -7C in Astore, Gupis, -6C in Malamjabba, Drosh and Murree and -5C in Gilgit.
It was the 14th day of a wave of very cold weather in northern Balochistan and Quetta. Meteorological department officials said they had recorded the lowest minimum temperature of -21C at Harboi hill station in Kalat, -17C in Ziarat, Khanozai, Toba Achakzai, Toba Kakari and Darra Kozak and -13C in Pishin and Mastung.
Pipelines burst after water froze and diesel in the fuel tanks of vehicles also froze.
Water overflowed from the sewerage system and froze on the roads. A layer of ice also formed around the walls of water tanks.
The suspension of gas supply and very low pressure increased the hardships of the people and the prices of coal, wood and kerosene skyrocketed.
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