Heavy snowfall crippling northern Pakistan

13 Feb 2018 – More than 800 vehicles stranded. No food. No water.

Vehicles were stranded on the roads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the second consecutive day, with passengers facing shortage of food and other necessities.

One of the tourists, who was staying at a hotel near Nathiagali, said there was no food or water at the facility.

“The hotel [management] is saying shops around their facility are closed which is why they cannot get us food,” she told Geo News. “They have lavatories but there is no water here.”

People have lost contact with their relatives as there is no electricity to charge their mobile phones and other devices.

https://www.geo.tv/latest/181706-heavy-snowfall-continues-to-cripple-life-in-northern-areas

Stranded vehicles in Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
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LAHORE: Chief Minister (CM) of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Monday night issued orders to rescue stranded citizens in northern parts of the country after a heavy rain and snowfall paralysed movement in parts of Azad Kashmir, Nathia Gali in Abbottabad, and Galyat, stranding at least 800 vehicles and hundreds of citizens.

Stranded tourists, including women and children, had earlier appealed to the authorities to provide urgent rescue service.

At least 800 stranded vehicles formed long lines on roads blocked by piles of snow due to heavy snowfall that also blocked land routes to Islamabad from four districts of Azad Kashmir.

https://www.geo.tv/latest/181599-at-least-800-vehicles-stranded-in-muzaffarabad-due-to-heavy-snowfall

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