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Rescue efforts afoot in KP as flood-affected areas still blocked off

Efforts are currently underway in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for rescue and relief following the devastating flooding in the past days.

Kohistan Tehsil in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is currently suffering as a result of the devastating floods that had destroyed infrastructure and lives all over the nation.

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On Sunday, officials in Kohistan were asking for assistance in rescuing those who were stuck in places that were totally cut off.

The Kabul River swelled due to severe flash floods in the province on Saturday, sweeping away a large bridge overnight, and shutting off certain districts from road access.

Around 350,000 people were forced to leave Charsadda and Nowshera.

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The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that 119 people had died on Saturday, bringing the total number of deaths caused by the monsoon rains to 1,033 since mid-June.

The chairman of the Kandia tehsil in Upper Kohistan, Anwar Ul Haq told local media that Kandia has been “completely cut-off” from the rest of Kohistan’s regions and is devoid of cell phone signals.

Locals told him that an estimated 2,000 homes had been lost in the floodwaters, and they continued on foot across dangerous terrain, some traveling for two days.

Lower Kohistan Assistant Commissioner Saqib Khan also told local media that the military has been requested for help to fly in helicopters and rescue families that are still stuck.

He further said, “There is no road route, the communication system and electricity in the affected areas have broken down.”

Lower Kohistan Rescue 1122 spokesperson Farman Afridi, told local media that there were also reports of 11 persons stuck because of floods.

He said teams had been dispatched there and a rescue effort was in progress under the direction of District Emergency Officer Sajid Ali Yousafzai and Assistant Commissioner Saqib Khan.

Four sorties were flown by helicopters from the Pakistani Army to rescue those who were trapped in floods.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), 110 stranded individuals have reportedly been transported from Khawazakhela to Kanju Cantonment in Swat.

ISPR said in a statement, “These stranded people are being provided meals and necessary medical care.”

The KP government’s flood cell stated that the Kabul River’s water level at Nowshera and Warsak was “very high”.

Currently, 122,000 cusecs of floodwater are moving through Warsak and 298,790 cusecs of floodwater are moving through Nowshera.



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