Pakistan’s northern and northwestern parts have witnessed record snowfall last month which would help raise the water table in the country, officials said.
“During the last one month the country’s northern hilly areas received heavy snowfall — up to six to seven feet,” Abdul Wali Yousafzai, a senior officer in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa irrigation department told Anadolu Agency
This is the heaviest snowfall in 48 years, he added.
According to the met department, the country’s northern mountains received heavy snowfall in January and the first week of February.
“Snowfall and rain will not only help to raise our water table but also be beneficial for our forests that had been affected by a drought,” he added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the rain and snow calling it a “blessing from God”.
“[…] the rainfall will raise the water table while the snow will melt into our river,” Khan tweeted.
Pakistan is running out of fresh water at an alarming rate, experts say, which could spell disaster for the agriculture-based economy.
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Heavy snow has caused major disruption in the Czech Republic, leaving approximately 30,000 homes without power.
Up to 20cm of fresh snow was reported in some locations, forcing highways to close and disrupting flights into and out of Vaclav Havel, Prague’s international airport. A number of flights had to be diverted to other airports.
Strong winds accompanied the snow, with a gust of 145 kilometres per hour reported in Pribyslav, about 120km southeast of the capital, Prague.
The storm pulled down numerous trees, which resulted in the closure of roads and train lines.
The city of Kladno, just to the west of Prague, declared a state of emergency, according to Czech television.
The snowstorm also affected neighbouring Germany, where organisers were forced to cancel the last World Cup skiing race before the world championships.
A men’s giant slalom at Garmisch-Partenkirchen was called off amid relentless snow, a day after a downhill race had to be cancelled for the same reason.
Skiing’s governing body was looking to reschedule the events after the February 5-17 world championships, which begin on Tuesday in Are, Sweden.
The storm has now cleared away from the region and temperatures are expected to slowly rise during the coming week.
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