Lower Dir was in the grips of an extreme cold weather on Sunday after experiencing what was said to be record rain and snowfall that continued for a second day.
Up until Saturday, three feet of snow was recorded in Mahodand and two each in Kalam, Malam Jabba and adjoining areas.
While many tourists were said to have flocked to the area to experience the beautiful scenes, there were reporters of six people, including cattle, being trapped in the snow at Ganshan Sar.
Earlier this year, on March 7, in what was a continuation of an extreme cold weather from late last year, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government declared a week-long Extreme Weather Emergency as torrential rains wreaked havoc across the province.
At least 17 people were killed and 38 injured in rain-related incidents across K-P. According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority’s (PDMA) report, issued the day the emergency was imposed, said that at least 57 houses caved and majority of deaths were caused due to house-collapse incidents.
In order to provide shelter and food to the citizens during the cold wave, expected to continue for the next seven days, the provincial government invoked power under Section 16(A)(i) of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Act 2010 to declare weather emergency from March 7 to 14.