Pakistan

Heavy rain claims lives in KP: Death toll rises to 59

On Saturday, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) reported thirteen new deaths in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to a second round of heavy rain, bringing the total death toll to 59.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had forecasted additional rain spells across the nation until April 22, citing the likelihood of a strong westerly wave entering the western regions.

Specifically, in KP, the PMD had anticipated rain, windstorms, thunderstorms (some heavy, with isolated very heavy falls), and snowfall in high mountain areas from Wednesday night through April 21, encompassing regions such as Shangla, Buner, Bajaur, Khyber, and Peshawar.

The rainfall, commencing on April 12, led to flash floods in the province’s northern areas, triggering landslides and house collapses throughout KP.

The KP PDMA’s report issued today disclosed that since April 12, rain-related incidents have claimed the lives of 33 children, 14 men, and 12 women, with 72 individuals sustaining injuries. Additionally, 2,883 houses and 68 schools have been damaged, while 309 cattle have perished.

Anwar Shahzad, spokesperson for the PDMA, noted that river water flow on Saturday was within normal parameters.

The Irrigation Department’s flood cell report indicated that water flow in 12 provincial rivers ranged from low to normal. Furthermore, the PDMA spokesperson mentioned that districts received Rs110 million for emergency aid, with an additional Rs90 million disbursed to tribal districts to sustain relief efforts. Meanwhile, the Balochistan PDMA reported normal weather conditions in most districts.

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