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Heavy snowfall in Pakistan claimed at least 35 lives

An unexpected snowfall and freezing rain have, over the weekend, killed dozens of residents in a remote village of Pakistan.

According to a BBC news report, at least 35 people lost their lives, with other several dozens were injured.

According to the report, which cited management authorities, the disaster was caused by landslides that buried homes.

Consequently, twenty-two children, amongst other victims, were confirmed dead.

The extreme weather left the Pakistani northern and western regions devastated, clogging roads and damaging hundreds of houses.

Pakistani authorities said that the incident is shocking as the month of March is generally humid.

About Pakistan

Pakistan, officially known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country located in South Asia.

It holds the distinction of being the fifth-most populous country, with a population exceeding 241.5 million.

As of 2023, it boasts the second-largest Muslim population globally.

Here are some key facts about Pakistan:

  • Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi is the 13th and current President of Pakistan. He was President from June 2013 to May 2018 and again from 9 September 2018 till dated.
  • Capital: The capital city is Islamabad.
  • Largest City: Karachi serves as the largest city and the financial center of the nation.
  • Geography: Pakistan is the 33rd-largest country by area, and it shares land borders with India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China to the northeast.
  • It is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the south and the Gulf of Oman to the southwest.
  • Languages: The official languages are Urdu and English, but the country boasts over 77 native languages.
  • Government: Pakistan operates as a Federal Islamic parliamentary republic.
  • Independence: It declared independence from the United Kingdom on March 23, 1940, and became a recognized dominion on August 14, 1947.
  • The current constitution was adopted on August 14, 1973.
  • Population Density: The population density is approximately 273.8 people per square kilometer.
  • Economy: Pakistan’s GDP (PPP) is estimated at $1.568 trillion, and the per capita income stands at $6,773.
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