BREAKING NEWS LAHORE: At least 17 people were killed in road accidents in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan on Monday as most parts of the country remained covered in dense fog amid a severe cold wave.
The lowest minimum temperature of -10.9 degrees Celsius was recorded in Kalam.
Four people were killed in Hafizabad district, another four in Kashmore, three each in Chiniot and Nasirabad, two in Toba Tek Singh and one in Kasur.
The meteorological department forecast cold and dry weather for most parts of the country over the next few days with moderate to dense foggy conditions likely to prevail over the plains of Punjab, central and lower Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and upper Sindh from midnight to midday.
The National Highways and Motorways Police said three parts of the motorway were opened at 10am after the dense fog had cleared. At night, mist patches appeared on M-II between Lahore and Sheikhupura.
Air traffic was affected because of poor visibility and 14 flights to and from Allama Iqbal International Airport scheduled between Sunday night and 10.30am on Monday were delayed. Trains from Karachi to upcountry were behind schedule by several hours.
The maximum temperature was recorded in Lasbela (Balochistan) and Chhor (Sindh) at 29 degrees with the sun appearing in a few areas, including parts of Punjab.
The highest temperature in Islamabad increased from Sunday’s 20.5 to 20.8 degrees, in Peshawar from 18.5 to 21 degrees and Lahore 13 to 15 degrees.
Our Correspondent in Quetta adds: Three members of a family were killed and four others injured when a truck and a jeep collided near Bakhtiarabad on the Quetta-Sukkur highway because of poor visibility caused by thick fog engulfing the whole of Nasirabad division.
Haji Murad and his sons Mohammad Yousuf and Mohammad Aamir were killed. The injured, two of them women, were taken to the Sibi Civil Hospital which referred two of them to Quetta.