Tariq Saeed Peshawar
As the torrential rain coupled with thunder and hail storms and low flooding played havoc through the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, more than a dozen people were killed and scores other wounded seriously during the one week period.
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) officials confirmed that at least 14 people were killed and 26 injured in different rain-related incidents in different cities of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
Besides, as the PDMA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stated a number of houses were completely destroyed while around two dozen houses were partially damaged during recent spell of heavy rains and floods.
The PDMA spokesman said the Authority has directed the district administration of the affected districts to expedite the relief work and provide every support to the effected people
It may be recalled that the Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecasted fairly widespread rainfall coupled with thunderstorm and gusty winds in KP cities that include Abbottabad, Haripur, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar, Kohistan, Shangla, Buner, Swat, Lower and Upper Dir, Bajaur, Malakand, Chitral, Mardan, Swabi, Noshehra, Peshawar, Charsadda, Mohmand, Khyber, Kohat, Hangu, Karak, Kurram, Orakzai, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, DI Khan, Tank, and South Waziristan districts.
The PDMA further warned that moderate to heavy rainfall could generate flash floods in Nullahs and streams of those districts and trigger landslides and urban flooding in different parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the days to come.
The Provincial government has also issued directives the administration of all the districts to effectively monitor the relief activities and remain alert and fully prepared to meet any eventuality in anticipation of the predicted rain related incidents.