29 killed in recent floods, heavy downpours in KP: PDMA

At least 29 people were killed while dozens were injured during the recent flash floods and heavy rainfall in most parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), leaving houses damaged and roads inundated with stormwater, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said Thursday.

According to details shared by the authority, 110 houses have been partially damaged while heavy downpours and flash floods destroyed 13 houses completely.

In various rain-related incidents reported across KP, seven people were killed when a landslide hit a house in Torgarh district. The fast flow of water in Malakand Division passing through Nowshera and Charsadda has posed serious  dangers for residents of the area.

Moreover, five people were swept away in a flash flood in KP, while 18 people — which included two children — were killed in a landslide. The bridge connecting Peshawar and Charsadda was also closed which cut off the land link between the two cities on Great Trunk (GT) Road.

The rains exacted a toll on people in other northern areas as well, with at least 10 getting killed in Azad Kashmir and one person getting crushed to death during a landslide in Gilgit Baltistan (GB).

According to the disaster management authority, the emergency operation centre is active and relief operations are underway in the affected areas. The PDMA further said that steps are also being taken to restored blocked roads to their original condition across the province

Yesterday, the PMDA had alerted provincial authorities to gear up and take required measures as the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had forecast heavy rains in various cities across the province.

The disaster management authority had expressed fears of landslides occurring in the upper districts of the province due to the heavy rains.