Torrential rains kill 39 people in Pakistan




By Haroon Siraj


Swat – At least six people, including a women and two children were died while 14 people were injured and 5 still missing due to flash floods caused by torrential rains in Swat district on Thursday mid night.

Shahgram and Teerat were the most affected areas in the district where flood destroyed forty houses and two connecting bridges.

According to details, due to torrential rain the other night the flood water inundated houses in ‘Shahgram’ and ‘Teerat’ area of Swat district prior to which emergency announcements were made in the local’s mosques advising the locals to move to safe shelters.

Following the announcement, locals moved safe shelter which minimized loss to human lives, officials said.

Flood killed six people including a women and two children while fourteen people received multiple injuries and rushed to hospital.

Flood washed away houses and two connecting bridges. Authorities claim, five people were still missing following floods.

District authorities launched rescue operation on Friday which continued until filing of this report. Teams of Rescue 1122 recovered dead bodies of two children while research operation is still continued to find missing people. On the special directives of Chief Minister Khyber Paktoonkhaw Mahmood khan, district administration and Provincial Disaster Management Authority chief Pervez Khan and Secretary Relief Khyber Paktoonkhaw and other relevant officer rushed to the area to monitor relief activities.

“All the injured people has been shifted to Saidu teaching hospital for better treatment, the affected families whom houses were washed out in flood has been allotted temporary residence,” a senior official of Swat district administration told Islamabad telegraph.

Saqib Raza, deputy commissioner Swat confirmed to ‘Islamabad Telegraph’ that 40 to 45 houses were completely destroyed.

“Concerned officials are assigned task to make estimate of total damage,” Saqib Raza told said.

He said that chief minister Khyber Paktoonkhaw has announced 5 lac rupees to family of deceased while one lac rupees will be granted to the family of injured.

“Rescue 1122 is busy in relief operation while district administration will extend its full support to the affected families,” Saqib said.
The chief Minister has directed the local administration to utilize their resources to facilitate the people of affected areas.

Torrential rains and flash floods have claimed 39 lives in several areas of Pakistan with its financial hub Karachi pounded by heavy showers that submerged roads and underpasses, paralysed business activities and brought normal life to a complete halt.

At least 16 people, including a woman and two children, were killed and eight others injured due to flash floods caused by torrential rains in northwest Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) district, a disaster management official said on Friday.

Eight people died in Upper Kohistan district, six in Swat and two in Shangla district of the province due to the floods on Thursday night, an official of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said, adding that 40 houses were damaged in these areas.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah termed the “unprecedented downpour” a disaster and also urged people to avoid stepping out until the storm passed and the water accumulated on the streets was pumped out, the Express Tribune reported on Friday.

Shah said that the district administrations and local bodies have been mobilised to provide relief to the affected. The PDMA has been directed to arrange dry food items, potable water, tents, and other essential items for those being rescued and shifted to camps, it said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed concern over the situation in Karachi.”My govt is fully cognizant of the suffering of our people in the wake of the heavy rains, especially the people of Karachi. I am personally monitoring the relief & rescue operations & am in constant contact with Chairman NDMA & Governor Sindh for regular updates,” he tweeted on Thursday.

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