Snowfall, landsliding block, destroy many roads in hilly areas

Galyat, Thandyani receive snowfall after 29 years in April

NA body directs PMD to perform cloud seeding experiments

Staff Reporters


Unexpected heavy snowfall after three decades in the month of April has been recorded on the hills of Galyat and Thandyani on Friday.
Heavy snowfall started in the Friday morning in Nathiagali, Dongagali, Baragali and Ayubia where more than 8 inches snow has been recorded. While in Thandiani and surrounding areas have received more than one feet snow and heavy snowfall continues in all hilly areas of district Abbottabad. According to the locals after 29 years Galyat and Thandyani received heavy snowfall during the month of April which is also unexpected for residents. Tourists have rushed to Galyat and Thandiyani to enjoy the live snowfall and chilling weather. In Abbottabad city people also rushed to the winter delicacies shops and enjoying the Pakora, Samosa, Chappal Kabab and other.
In Abbottabad and other parts of Hazara division heavy downpour followed by thunderstorm and flash flood is also continued after passing three days. Several link roads and thoroughfares in Abbottabad and Mansehra district have been destroyed by the land sliding and flash flood.
Meanwhile, heavy rain and snowfall has put the valley into grip of cold from the last three days and disturb routine life by creating road blocks areas due to landslides in Azad Kashmir. Roads leading to upper Neelum Valley, Leepa Valley, Bagh to Havily and other rural areas from the towns have been once again blocked due to snow in upper areas and landslides other areas, administration said.
Rain that started Wednesday continue till Friday evening in Muzaffarabad, Neelum, Hattian, Bagh, Rawalakot, Haveeli, Sudhunoti and other areas while snow fall was reported at upper Neelum Valley, Leepa Valley, Sudhan Gali, Toli Peer and Lasdana.
National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change on Friday directed Pakistan Metrological Deprtment (PMD) to use modern tools and new innovation technologies for identification of rain bearing system and to perform cloud seeding experiments.
The committee was met under the chairmanship of Dr Hafeez-ur- Rehman Khan Drishak while member National Assembly Malik Ihtebar Khan,Salman Hanif, Tahira Aurangzeb, Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Sehnaz Saleem, Khalida Mansoor, Shaisra Percaiz, Maiza Hameed, Imran Zafar Leghari, Shah Jahan Baloch, Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, Naseema Kishwar Khan and Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid also attended the committee. DG Pakistan Metrological Department Dr. Ghulam Rasool briefed the committee about Cloud Seeding that, Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) had conducted cloud seeding experiments in Balochistan, KPK and Punjab provinces during 1951-1956 and achieved encouraging results.
He said, During 1999-2001, Pakistan experienced history’s worst drought affecting most parts of Balochistan, besides Southern Punjab. In order to mitigate drought condition PMD carried out cloud seeding experiments during summer 2000 and winter.
Forty eight (48) experiments were carried out during summer season and 23 were carried out in winters, summer experiment was more successful because of the proper seeding material and availability of better weather system, he added.
Minister for Climate Change briefed the committee regarding the Green Pakistan Programme, Green Pakistan Programme was conceived as per directions of Prime Minister of Pakistan for reviving forestry and wild life sectors in Pakistan alongside ameliorating adverse impacts of climate change.
Umbrella PC-1 for Green Pakistan Programme has already been cleared by Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) and programmatic activities are already underway across all provinces/federating units of Pakistan. DG Environment Protection Agency (EPA) told the committee that, EPA received number of complaints about environmental pollution caused by brick kilns which emit thick black smoke exceeding the premises limits, the Civil Aviation Authority CAA also peruse the matter to close don these brick kiln as visibility at the airport runways was being affected due to emission of smoke.
The committee suggested to make Brick kilns an industry so that laws could be imposes on them and without NOC they would not set up brick kilns.
The committee called Pakistan Agriculture and Research Council (PARC) in the next meeting, and suggested to promote poplar in the area where it is suitable for Water logging and salinity.—APP

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