Sunday Jul 26, 2015

32 dead in Chitral as floods continue to wreak havoc in Pakistan

CHITRAL: Death toll from flash floods rose to 32 on Sunday as seven more people lost their lives during the last 24 hours.

Floods triggered by torrential rains continue to wreak havoc in the area, washing away bridges, roads houses and cattle in various villages.

The Pakistan Army is said to have evacuated over 250 people marooned in Kalash Valley’s Sub Division Mastoj.

The floods have rendered thousands of people homeless, forcing them to leave under the open skies amid the surging water levels in rivers, nullahs and other water resources.

Local administration, the Pakistan army and the Pakistan Air Force have been carrying out relief and rescue operation in the area. Besides the relief operation repair work on bridges and roads also continues in the affected areas.

Governor and Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan visited parts of flood affected areas on Sunday, announcing Rs50,000 aid for each family.

Meanwhile senior army officers , on the orders of Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Nasir Janjua, visited flood affected areas of Balochistan along with officials from civil administration of the province.

The army expressed resolve not to leave flood victims alone in the hour of adversity. Provincial Disaster management Authority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has issued an alert of flooding in nullah Badhni after heavy rains lashed the province.

According to reports, floodwater is posing serious threats to Muzaffargarh area in Punjab and Ghotki in Sindh.

Local administration in Ghotki has setup a camp for the affected people.