Nowshera authorities call for evacuation in view of ‘very high flood’

Nowshera authorities call for evacuation in view of ‘very high flood’

Very high flood in the Kabul River

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) saw yet another day of fatalities and destruction on Saturday as three more people died in Swat due to landslides and floods, and authorities in Nowshera reissued an evacuation order due to a “very high flood” in the Kabul River. 

In the midst of the record rains that plunged the majority of the country into a catastrophe, a rain emergency continued to be in effect in numerous sections of the province. 

Half of Pakistan is already underwater

More than half of Pakistan is already underwater, and flash flooding caused by unusually heavy monsoon rains—which are now in their eighth spell and showing no signs of abating—has forced millions of people from their homes. 

According to the most recent estimates, flooding caused by rains that affected almost 33 million people, or roughly 15% of the population of the country, has claimed the lives of close to 1,000 people, including 300 children. 

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Abrar Wazir, the district’s extra deputy commissioner, said on Saturday that landslides and floods had claimed at least 15 lives overall in various regions, a day after a rain emergency was proclaimed in Swat. 

The district’s 12 fatalities on Friday were caused by flooding, rain, and other associated events. 

In a statement released today, the extra deputy commissioner noted that over 100 homes, as well as about 50 hotels and restaurants, were demolished and that over 130 kilometers of highways had been damaged and 15 bridges destroyed as a result of the flooding. 

The official announced the formation of a team to determine the degree of additional damage.

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