Flood warning issues for northern parts of country

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 10:17:02 by

At long last, the late monsoon season started in the northern parts of the country, killing nine people and injuring another 11 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Heavy rainfall increased water levels in the province, making inundation of number of areas and causing heavy landslides that have stranded a number of people.

Apart from northern parts, downpours lashed Azad Kashmir and Punjab, rising water-levels have set off alarms and affected communication network in different regions.

A media report quoting an official of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had received 140mm rain in the past 24 hours, including 24mm in Kakul, 29mm in Chirat, 17mm in Risalpur, 21mm in Saidu Sharif and 9.5mm in Malam Jabba.

“Rivers in Balakot, Garhi Habibullah, Dadar, Jabori, Azakhel, and Pir Pyaie areas, flooded due to heavy rainfall and six residents were killed in Mansehra while 11 others were injured”, a report sent to the chief minister.

PMD spokesperson Adnan Khan while talking to media said that PMD Director General Shahzad Khan Bangash had called upon all key officials of the Provincial Emergency Operation Center (PEOC) to immediately visit the flood-hit areas.

He observed, “We are meant to respond in an emergency situation. The situation is normal now, but, in case, if the situation gets worse, we are ready to respond to it. Funds had been disbursed to all District Coordinator Officers, while schools had been identified to house displaced flood victims”.

The spokesperson further stated that heavy downpours flooded Kunhar River in Mansehra district, killing one people while another two people were lost their lives in Garhi Habibullah area.

In the meantime, two persons were reportedly died in the Angrai, area of Balakot while a vehicle was submerged in the similar area, killing one more person on Wednesday, he added.

The heavy rains triggered more hazards. Landslides were reported in Mansehra and traffic was suspended due to roadblocks from Dadar to Jabori and Garhi Habibullah to Balakot.

Heavy rainfall in Nowshera led to flashfloods which inundated around 300 houses, washed away around 80 cows in the Pirpiyaye area of Nowshera and killed three people, whose bodies were later recovered.

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