59 killed in flood-re­lated in­ci­dents across KP

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

As rains and floods con­tinue to rav­age Khy­ber-Pakhtunkhwa, ini­tial dam­ages make for a grim read­ing, with at least 59 re­ported deaths across the province.

Over 887 houses have been com­pletely de­stroyed and 1,231 houses have been par­tially dam­aged.

Chi­tral seems to be the worst-hit with 35 re­ported deaths so far and two in­juries. In­de­pen­dent sources in the area, how­ever, dis­pute the fig­ure, spec­u­lat­ing that the deaths and in­juries are well be­yond the gov­ern­ment's as­sess­ment.

On Sun­day evening, the me­te­o­rol­ogy depart­ment is­sued another weather warn­ing for Chi­tral, stat­ing, "A se­vere weather sys­tem is likely to per­sist for next 3-4 days in Gil­git-Baltistan and Chi­tral, hav­ing the po­ten­tial to pro­duce Gla­cial Lake Out­brust Flood (GLOF), par­tic­u­larly in PMD's pi­lot GLOF sites Ba­grot, Bin­do­gol and Go­lain val­leys."

The as­sess­ment shows that there are around 348 houses that are com­pletely dam­aged in Chi­tral, whereas 77 houses are par­tially dam­aged, while 500 houses have been com­pletely washed away in Lakki Mar­wat, leav­ing hun­dreds of fam­i­lies home­less.

"These are the ini­tial assess­ments by the Khy­ber-Pakhtunkhwa gov­ern­ment," an of­fi­cial privy to the pro­ceed- ings of the as­sess­ment told The Ex­press Tri­bune. "The weather sys­tem has still not sta­bi­lized," he said. The Metro­log­i­cal depart­ment showed that there was 217 mm of rains recorded in Cherat, the most in the province dur­ing the last 24 hours. Mon­soon rains be­gan on June 16 and are con­tin­u­ing till date; how­ever, a mod­er­ate moist cur­rent is pen­e­trat­ing into Punjab and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa up to 5,000 feet, ac­cord­ing to the MET depart­ment.

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