Rain, snow-related incidents leave 7 dead in KP: PDMA

PESHAWAR: At least seven people have been killed and 16 others got injured in various incidents relating to heavy rain and snowfall in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), provincial authorities said on Sunday.

Parts of the province have been receiving heavy rains and snowfall since Friday evening, according to the KP Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), which is responsible for providing relief to affectees of natural calamities.

“Seven people have been killed as a result of different incidents, while 16 houses have been damaged,” a KP PDMA spokesperson said in a video message on Sunday. “Similarly, 16 people have been injured too.”

The spokesperson disclosed that 15 houses were partially damaged while one was completely destroyed by torrential rains.

He said the PDMA, district administrations and all concerned departments were alert and asked by KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan to speed up relief operations in the affected areas.

The spokesperson said their team visited the Shangla district on Saturday and reviewed ongoing relief activities there.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast downpours, snow, wind-thunderstorms and hailstorms in the capital Islamabad, northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper parts of the Punjab province, and Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir regions in the next 12 hours. Dense fog is expected to envelop upper Sindh and plains in Punjab, it added.

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