SWAT: The fresh series of rain and snowfall of the winter started in Swat valley as temperature in some areas of the valley dropped to below zero level. According to details, the plain areas of district Swat, including Mingora have received heavy rainfall while the upper Swat and tourists spots areas, including Kalam, Malam Jabba, Marguzar, Shangla Top, Miandam, Bahrain and other mountainous areas have received snowfall resulting in dropping of mercury to -7 centigrade. In wake of the snowfall, closure of major roads in the mountainous areas has badly affected the routine life. The upper areas and nearby mountains of Mingora City are blanketed with snow. Thousands of tourists reached Swat and they are enjoying the beautiful weather of the scenic valley.–Haroon Siraj

Published in The Nation newspaper on 24-Jan-2014