10 hours KKH blockage stuck motorists PDMA issues monsoon alert to KP

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Due to frequent heavy rains throughout the night, the city and its adjoining parts have conceded road damages and power outages due to landsliding and flash floods on Friday.

Swathes of lands in the northern region have been deluged due to flash floods in river channels and nullahs while many roads have succumbed to the landsliding.

The Babusar Top route connecting Chilas with Naran national highway has too been blockaded for over the past 10 hours due to torrential rains.

Buses and private transport remain stuck with locals and tourists both stranded on roads hapless.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Peshawar, in wake of prediction of more rain-wind and thundershower in upper and central parts of the country from Saturday to Tuesday, has directed all the district administrations across the province to take precautionary measures in order to avoid and minimize human losses and/or any damages to property.

According to a letter written by the Authority to all Deputy Commissioners across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday, the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) has informed that monsoon currents are continuously penetrating in upper parts of the country and like to continue till Tuesday.

Rains-wind-thundershower, with isolated heavy rainfalls is expected in Kohistan, Shangla, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Mardan, Charsadda, Nowshera, Dir, Chitral, Peshawar, Kohat, Tank and Karak with occasional gaps from Saturday to Tuesday. Similarly, rain-wind-thundershower is also expected in Bannu, D.I. Khan during the period.

The heavy rains, it said, may generate flash flooding in some local and barsati nullahs of Shangla, Buner, Batgram, Mansehra, Balakot, Abbottabad, Swat and Kohistan during Saturday to Monday

. Heavy rainfalls may trigger landslides in the vulnerable areas of upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the period.

The Authority has requested the district administrations to take measures for informing tourists about weather forecast.

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