ISLAMABAD: Snowfall in Northern areas has further dropped temperature while hundreds of tourists have been stranded in Naran and Kaghan valleys following heavy snowfall that started on Saturday in the two tourists’ destinations.
According to a news channel nearly 2000 vehicles are stuck in Naran and Kaghan where cold weather compelled the visitors to stay in hotels on exorbitant price.
Amjad Afridi, Advisor to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) on tourism, talking to a news channel Sunday said heavy machinery had been dispatched to the area to clear the roads.
“It will take a few hours,” he said, adding, steps were also being taken to meet shortage of edible items in the area.
Widespread rain-thunderstorm lashed different parts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan as snowfall in northwestern upper areas has further dropped temperature.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast more showers and snowfall during next 24 hours, cold winds enveloped upper Punjab, KPK, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan following rain and light snowfall over hills.
According to Met Office, scattered rain-thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds is expected in upper KP (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan divisions), upper FATA, Islamabad, Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions), Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
More snowfall is also expected over the hills of Malakand division, GB and Kashmir.
Heavy snowfall in parts of northern areas of the country has stranded hundreds of visitors and tourists, thus cutting food supply to the affected areas.
Relentless snow blanketed huge parts of Naran, Kaghan, Mansehra and other adjoining areas including Gilgit-Baltistan this noon.