ISLAMABAD: Serious problems are in store for the survivors, rescuers, and local residents in the mountainous northern regions where a massive magnitude 8.1 earthquake wreaked a catastrophic havoc a day earlier killing 359 people and injuring hundreds more, Samaa reported.
“Parts of Malakand, Hazara, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan will receive rainfall in the next 24 hours. In other words the weather will change for the worse as the downpour will bring the temperatures down sharply. It will be terribly cold out here,” Director Pakistan Meteorological Department Muhammad Hanif told state-run Pakistan Television (PTV).
Hanif added that in Gilgit-Baltistan, the temperature had already dropped after a three days of intermittent rains and snowfall.
To a questions, he added that the weather also grew harsher in the Koh-e-Safaid tribal area of Parachinar after snowfall and showers.
“The situation is not different in adjoining areas,” said he.
The MET office chief also advised the residents of the quake-affected areas to be prepared for aftershocks.
“The weather will also grow colder in Chitral, Mansehra and the surrounding region,” he told the PTV.
Peshawar and other areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would also receive heavy to light rainfall during next 24 hours, he added.
The quake struck Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush region Monday and was felt throughout much of South Asia, killing at least one woman and injuring more than 100 people in neighbouring Pakistan, according to local officials.
The US Geological Survey put the epicentre near Jurm in northeast Afghanistan, 250 kilometres (160 miles) from the capital Kabul and at a depth of 213.5 km.
The epitcentre is close to the site of an October 2005 quake which had a 7.6 magnitude quake and killed more than 75,000 people, displacing some 3.5 million more, although that quake was much shallower.
Monday’s quake, which lasted at least one minute, shook buildings in Kabul, Islamabad and New Delhi and sent people rushing into the streets.–Samaa/Agencies