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Rain, snowfall create hardships for people of Chitral

Chitral town after latest snowfall.–photo: Carey Shofield[/caption] Widespread rains, strong winds, isolated hailstorm and snowfall over the hills caused considerable decrease in the mercury level, increasing chill in the weather. Different areas of Chitral have received two inch to over two feet of snow. According to the Met Office in Islamabad, Chitral town received 21 mm of rain, Drosh eight mm during the last 24 hours. Other cities with recorded rain are: Rawalakot received 60mm rain, Kalam 53mm, Malamjabba 38mm, Muzaffarabad 36mm, Murree 35mm, Balakot 34mm, Islamabad and Pattan 33mm each, Kotli 32mm, Dir 29mm, Garhi Dupatta 26mm, Kalat 24mm,Sialkot and Rawalpindi 23mm each, Saidu Sharif and Parachinar 22mm each, Kakul, Gujrat and Gujranwala 21mm each, Cherat 20mm, Khuzdar 19mm, Quetta 17mm, Lower Dir and Mangla 16mm each, Lahore 15mm, Mirkhani, Jhelum and Kamra 14mm each, Mandi Bahauddin 13mm, Barkhan 12mm, Peshawar 11mm, Kohat, Jacobabad and Faisalabad 10mm each, Sargodha, Bhakkar and Kasur 09mm each and Joharabad each, Risalpur, Bannu and Sibbi 07mm each, Zhob 06mm, Jiwani, Chakwal, Noorpur Thal, Mianwali and Jhang 05mm each, Multan, Layyah, Dalbandin, Pasni, Lasbela, Gilgit and Astore 04mm each, Nokkundi 03mm, Gawadar, Kot Addu, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Shorkot, Panjgur, Dadu and Gupis 02mm each, Toba Tek Singh, Badin, Moen jo daro, Rohri, Chilas and Bagrote 01mm each.Snowfall: Kalam 21 inch, Malamjabba 20 inch, Murree and Astore 02 inch, and Kalat 01 inch. Malamjabba, Parachinar and Skardu remained coldest places in the country where mercury dropped 07 degree Celsius below the freezing point. Minimum temperature in Gupis was recorded -04c, Kalat and Kalam -02c, Murree, Hunza and Bagrote -01c.Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 16c and 10c respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 83 per cent. “The rains and hailstorm have washed away accumulated pollutants and broke the sequence of dryness. It will provide relief to the people from skin dryness and allergy, itching, common cold, pain in joints, respiratory tract infection, cough and flu, wheezy chest and stomach upset”, said leading family physician Dr Abdul Rauf. The wet conditions and clearing of atmosphere from pollution has provided much needed relief to the asthma patients, he added. According to experts, strong westerly wave is prevailing over the country. This weather system is expected to produce more rains/snowfall in the country till Thursday (today).]]>

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