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50 houses washed away by flash floods in Pakistan: Report

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Water supply system has collapsed in four villages. (Representative)

Islamabad:

At least 50 houses and small power stations were washed away due to flash floods in Pakistan’s Upper Kohistan on Sunday.

According to Dawn report, the officials of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said that the flash floods caused by heavy rains have caused huge destruction in Kandiya tehsil of Upper Kohistan.

According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, the floods coincided with heavy rains in Chitral and Peshawar, where one person died and two were injured in the last 24 hours.

Tehsildar (revenue officer) Muhammad Riaz told Dawn that around 50 houses were washed away in the floods in Upper Kohistan, adding that they have formed five teams that have been sent to the affected areas for relief work and damage assessment.

One local activist estimated too high, while another spoke of the challenges of being cut off from the electricity grid and drinking water.

Hafeez-ur-Rehman, a local activist from Kandiya, told Dawn that a “heavy flood” struck two villages in Kandiya tehsil, where he estimated that around 100 houses were washed away, leaving many homeless. There was no report of any casualties.

A large number of cattle were also killed, while the water supply system was damaged in four villages – Dansh, Berti, Jashoi and Dangoi, although fortunately, families managed to evacuate before the floods reached the villages, he said.

Rahman also shared videos of houses being completely submerged, shot by locals in Jashoi area, with Don. In another video, flood waters can be seen passing through the valley.

He said that the local people initially started the rescue operation and shifted the affected families to safer places, Dawn reported.

Another Kandia resident, Aziz Khan, said the shutdown of electricity and water supply “has put the entire area in peril”.

Tehsildar Riyaz said, “Initially we had sent 45 tents and other essential items to the affected families, while a team of revenue officials would reach the affected areas in an hour to start relief activities.”

Hafiz Waqar Ahmed, assistant commissioner of Dasu Headquarters, told Dawn that some heavy machines of the Dasu Hydroelectric Project also came under the rubble of the flood in the high creek, however, the damages were not significant.

Uchha Nala is about 30 km from Kandiya.

Waqar said food items have also been sent to the affected families of Kandia and tents are being set up in Jashoi, while others are on their way to Birtvi.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said that at least one person was killed and two were injured due to heavy rains in Peshawar in the last 24 hours.

According to Dawn’s report, the PDMA said that 23 houses were partially damaged while 14 houses were completely damaged in the provincial capital.

Similarly, in Bonnie area of ​​Upper Chitral, several houses were washed away due to flash floods caused by heavy rains. The PDMA said that areas in lower Chitral have also been affected by the rains.

Tehsil president Chitral Shahzada Aman said the Garam Chashma Road was closed for traffic due to a landslide, adding that the flood waters also damaged houses in Gobor and Danid villages.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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