Mehrab Shah Afridi
LANDIKOTAL: The massive snowfall in Landikotal area of Khyber tribal district has broken the record of 50 years. As the temperature reached -6 degrees centigrade, people mostly remained confined to their homes.
Snowfall was also recorded in Landikotal in 2013, but that snow stayed on the ground for little time. Such like snowfall happened in Landikotal 50 years ago and it is stated that the current snowfall is even heavier than that.
Snowfall started in Landikotal in the wee hours of Sunday and within little time the ground and mountains were covered by snow. It was followed by cold breeze which further added to the cold weather. It was lovely scenery which was captured by people of different age groups in their mobile phones. People were informed by the media to stay inside their home due to harsh weather, and they did so, but they did not miss the opportunity to capture the lovely scenes of snowfall in their mobile phones.
Some tourists after coming to know about snowfall started journey towards the beautiful area. In some places, rush of vehicles was seen and some vehicles also slipped from road, but no harm to any tourist or other people was reported.
Some people prepared traditional food suitable for the cold weather and enjoyed it.
The local and non-local people shared the lovely videos and photos of the snowfall on social media. However, the situation was even tougher for the poor people who even cannot afford to arrange firewood to keep their houses warm.
Snowfall was also accompanied by power outages which troubled the local people. The difficulties of people multiplied as they did not have light, heaters and other facilities connected with electricity.
The Health Department advised the people to stay inside homes and particularly keep the children warm to protect them from diseases like chest infection, flue, pneumonia etc.
Rain in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Peshawar, continued on Sunday with intervals which further turned the weather colder. According to the Metrological Department, Parachinar received more rain (6mm), followed by Mohmand (4mm) and Peshawar (3mm). The rain spell is expected to continue during the next 24 hours.