8 dead, 16 injured as rain, snow play havoc in parts of KP



Tariq Saeed

At least eight people were killed and 16 others sustained wounds in the rains and flood related incidents in part of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where heavy snowfall also blocked several major roads.

Reports reaching here said the torrential rains coupled with heavy snow fall and land sliding played havoc in Shangla and other districts of the province during the last 24 hours that led to the death of seven people including five children and serious injuries to 16 others.

According to KP Provincial Disaster Management Authority landslides and roof collapses took lives of seven people, including five children.

The PDMA said five people succumbed to their injuries when a house was destroyed by landslide in Shangla district. They include three children.

Reports said 16 people, including four children and four women, were also injured in Shangla and other districts in incidents of landsliding and rooftop collapses.

PDMA said one house was partially damaged while another was completely damaged. On the other hand, three cattle were killed when roof sheds collapsed in different areas.

PDMA says efforts were being made by the district administration to open the roads blocked due to heavy snowfall. It has already issued an alert across the hilly districts of the province due to the fresh spell of snow. The Pakistan Meteorological Department, forecasting a new spell of snowfall, had also warned of landslides in several areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Murree, Gilgit Baltistan, and Azad Kashmir.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Mahmood Khan, has directed district administrations across the province to stay alert in view of ongoing spell of rains and snowfall. He issued directives to ensure timely relief activities to affected people and cooperate with the tourists.


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