Islamabad / Kabul – More than two dozen people died in snowstorms and heavy rain in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. At least 20 people have been killed in Pakistan’s southwest province of Baluchistan, local rescue chief Imran Zarkoon said on Monday. Another at least seven people died in different regions in southeastern Afghanistan.
The regional government of Baluchistan declared a state of emergency for at least seven particularly badly hit districts and dispatched the military to help with the rescue work. At the international airport of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan, the storms caused flight cancellations, according to the aviation authority. In the border area between the two countries on the Pakistani side, thousands of people in remote mountain regions were also cut off from the outside world because a high layer of snow blocked the roads, as Zarkoon said.
According to the weather service in the capital Islamabad, the storms will continue until next week. Hundreds of people die in storms in both countries every year.