Govt not to leave rain victims alone in need of hour: Khattak

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Staff Reporter

Peshawar—Provincial Government will not leave alone the rains/ landsliding affected people in the hour of need, said Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak. He also directed Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to release additional funds to the severely affected Districts Dir Upper and Kohistan and provide relief goods to district admini-stration for distribution in Malakand and Hazara rains hit regions.
According to a statement issued here, PDMA is providing every possible assistance and carrying out rescue and relief operations in the affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. An additional amount of Rs. 5.0 million released to Dir Upper while Rs. 10 million released to Deputy Commissioner Kohistan for relief activities in the affected region, said Spokesperson PDMA.
He said, PDMA has dispatched 500 large food packages including sufficient quantity of wheat flour, sugar, rice, ghee, tea pulses etc to Kohistan on Tuesday evening for rains/landsliding affected fami-lies.
PDMA is in close contact with all DCs monitoring the situation proactively, spokesman said and added 200 each relief items i.e. Tents, 400 blankets, mats and other required items dispatched from PDMA warehouse to district Swat, Shangla, Lower Dir and Upper Dir to DCs and distributed amongst the affected families.
Meanwhile, the death toll in rain-related incidents across the province reached 61 and this number may increase. According to a spokesman of Provincial Disaster Management Au-thority (PDMA), 52 people were injured and total 375 houses dam-aged in the incidents caused by the ongoing rain/landsliding.
He said most of the casualties occurred due to roof collapse and landsliding and maximum incidents were reported from Shangla, Swat, Kohistan, Mardan and other parts of the province. In village Athror, District Kohistan, landsliding damaged 8 houses and road while 30 people stuck under the debris of houses and mountain.
Rescue operation has been started and till last night 7 persons rescued in which 2 dead and 5 seriously injured while the search operation is continued to rescue remaining 23 persons. The death toll of the victims of the recent devastated torrential rain on Tuesday mounted to 61 while 52 others injured in different districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa where relief activities were in full swing.
According to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), a total of 61 people died so far in the rain related incidents in Khyber Pakthunkhwa including 15 in Shangla, 13 in Swat, 14 in Kohistan, six in Dir Upper, two each in Bannu, Dir Lower, Chitral, Mardan, Batagram, one each in Malakand, Manshera and Charsadda districts.
Out of total 52 injured, 15 sustained injuries in Shangla, 13 in Swat, two in Kohistan, one each in Malanad and Dir Lower, eight in Dir Upper, four in Manshera, three in Charsadda and five in Buner districts. The heavy torrential rain coupled with land-sliding and ava-lanches also damaged 374 houses including 67 in Shangla, 165 in Swat, two in Malakand, 100 in Dir Upper, seven in Manshera, one in Charsadda, two in Mardan and 15 each in Buner districts.
Relief activities were in full swing in the rain affected districts. The PDMA has dispatched consignments of trucks loaded with relief goods to the rain affected areas for distribution among the victims. The relief goods including blankets, tents, floor mates etc were handed over to the district administration of the rain affected districts for distribution among the victims.

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