PESHAWAR, Dec 28: As Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the adjoining tribal areas on Friday received heavy rains and snowfall, two soldiers were killed in a rain-related incident in Lower Dir district.
A local official said heavy rocks fell on a bulldozer clearing the road after the heavy rains and snowfall in Binshahi area adjacent to the Afghan border.
He said the incident claimed the life of soldiers Nasim and Tayyab, while two other soldiers were rescued.
The official said bodies of the soldiers had been retrieved but bad weather disrupted the operation again and again.
He said later more bulldozers were sent in to clear the road, which linked the district with Afghanistan.
Link roads in Shahi and Binshahi areas remained blocked throughout the day due to heavy rains and snowfall.
In Lower Dir, it began raining on Thursday night and continued until Friday evening uninterrupted. The hilltops in Adenzai, Talash, Maidan, Jandol and Khall areas also received heavy snowfall. They wore a white look due to heavy snowfall.
Also in the day, the cold gripped other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the adjacent tribal areas.
The mercury dropped to minus 11 degree in Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram Agency, where snow began falling late on Thursday.
At least four millimeters rainfall was also recorded in Parachinar.
Ahmad Hussain, an official at the local observatory, told Dawn over the telephone that four inches snowfall was recorded in the town.
He said chilly winds swept through the area paralysing life in the entire Kurram Valley.
Snow also blanketed Landi Kotal in Khyber Agency, Cherat in the south of Nowshera town, Kalam and Malam Jaba in Swat, Shangla and parts of Malakand, and upper parts of Hazara division.
The Met Office in Peshawar said Cherat station received up to seven inches snowfall, which increased chill in Peshawar valley.
The provincial capital remained cold due to snowfall in Khyber Agency and Cherat.
More than 16 millimeters rainfall was recorded in Peshawar throughout the day. The maximum temperature was recorded at 10 degree centigrade.
Weather remained harsh in Shangla District due to continuous rainfs and snowfall. More than one foot snow fell in the area during the day.
The main road linking Shangla with Swat remained closed due to heavy snowfall at Shangla Top.
In Hazara division, upper parts on Friday received heavy rainfall and snowfall dropping the mercury level. The rain that began Thursday evening in Mansehra, Battagram, Kohistan and Torghar districts continued intermittently throughout the day.
The current spell of heavy snowfall, which began a couple of days ago in Kaghan, Siren and Konsh valleys in Mansehra, Allai valley in Battagram and Kundia and other mountainous areas in Kohistan continued on Friday.
Many links road were also blocked in the region due to heavy snowfall and landslides caused by heavy rains.
In the day, Landi Kotal and adjoining localities received the first snowfall of the winter season forcing the people to remain indoors due to chilly whether.
The snowfall begun at around 8am and continued until afternoon.
Around four inches of snowfall was recorded on the plain areas, while the snowfall was heavy on nearby hilltops and mountains near Tirah valley.
The heavy snowfall paralysed life in Bazaar Zakhakhel area and Tirah valley where all routes were closed.
The snowfall also caused suspension of traffic as most link roads were closed due to slippery conditions.