28 more die as rain, snow paralyse KP
PESHAWAR, Feb 5: Twenty-eight more people died, 46 injured and five went missing in rain and snowfall-related incidents in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday.In Talokar village of Haripur, five people, including two women and children each, were swept away by rainwater, officials said.
Bodies of women were later found in Jagal Soka area and those of children in Darvesh Soka area.
According to officials, villagers rescued a man, while a child is missing. Also, a motorcyclist is reported to have been swept away by rainwater in Darwesh village.
Four houses caved in due to heavy rain in Afghan refugee camp in Khalabat Township but no loss of life was reported.
In Sar-i-Sala area, a man and his son were injured after the roof of their house collapsed. The man later died in hospital.
A 10-year-old girl was electrocuted in Hattar area during rain, which caused streams to overflow and thus, closing G.T. Road in the city.
In Peshawar, four children were killed and eight people after heavy showers caused many houses in Pakha Gulam and Urmer Faqirabad areas to collapse.
Peshawar-Charsadda Road was closed to traffic due to flooding of local Bhudhni nullah.
In Nowshera, three people, including two children, were killed and eight suffered injuries after roofs of separate mud houses caved in.
Rain also played havoc with mud structures at Jalozai Camp to the misery of thousands of internally displaced persons sheltered there.
Reports said heavy rains and snowfall triggered avalanche and landslide, destroyed houses causing deaths and injuries, and blocked roads in many areas of Hazara and Malakand divisions due to snowfall.
Death toll from rain and snow has reached 34 since Monday.
An avalanche killed three people and another drowned in floodwater, while three suffered injuries when the wall of a house collapsed in Buner district. The avalanche hit the peomple when they were collecting firewood in Elum Ghar area, according to their families.
Two teenage brothers were killed and eight other members of their family were wounded when the roof of their mud house caved in due to uninterrupted rain in Gandaf Afghan refugee camp in Swabi on Monday night. Around 22,000 Afghans have been living in the Gandaf camp.
Residents said around 20 mud houses and three mosques in the camp had collapsed.
All members of the Gandaf Afghan Refugee Grand Council criticised both Pakistani government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for what they called ‘apathy’ of both.
Officials said two people were killed and 15 more suffered injuries in rain-related incidents in different areas of Karak district, while dozens of rooms and boundary walls of houses had also collapsed. Wounded persons have been shifted to hospitals.Natural calamity also killed five people in Shangla district.
Local people said three people were hit by an avalanche and their bodies were recovered. Another man fell from the rooftop when he was removing snow. He suffered fatal injuries and died on the spot.
A jeep slipped into a ravine and killed a man in the district.
Local people said high altitude areas of the district had received around 10 feet snowfall disrupting telecom services and blocking roads.
In Lower Dir district, rain and snow continued in the day.
Three soldiers were buried under snow when an avalanche hit their outpost in the border area.
Officials said rescue operation in Binshahi area near Afghan border had been suspended due to bad weather.
One woman was killed and two others wounded when house collapsed in Rajar area of Charsadda, while a minor girl and a man died and two injured in rain-related incident in Jamalgarhi area of Mardan district.
Hill resorts of Abbottabad, including Nathiagali, Ayubia and Thandiyani, have received record snow.
Local residents said five feet snow had accumulated in Galayat during the last three days and a large number of tourists had stranded in hotels.
The main road has been blocked. Roads in upper parts of Hazara were blocked for traffic due to snowfall.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority director general issued directives to the provincial emergency centres to closely monitor the situation in order to provide relief to the affected families.