Flash floods kill 31 in Chitral
CHITRAL (92 News) – At least 31 people including women and children were killed and many others missing due to heavy rain and flash flood in Chitral on Sunday. The flood washed away a mosque and several houses, however, Pakistan Army and Chitral Levies have launched relief activities in the affected areas. District Nazim Chitral Maghfirat Shah said that the death toll may increase in Urshoon village of Chitral district, located in the country's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The mayor said that the rescue teams are facing problems due to heavy rains, which have been lashing the district since last night. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and District Administration have launched relief activities. On the other hand, the bank located at Nagar feared to break due which several areas including Nagar, Arvind, Mirkani and Dhamel could submerge in flood water. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the rain and floods. He directed the authorities concerned to step up relief measures in the affected areas to provide immediate relief to the needy people. The governor further directed the administration to take all precautionary measures to save the lives and properties of the people. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the rain and floods and directed the authorities to step up relief operation in the affected areas to provide relief to the needy people. Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has also expressed deep concern over the flood situation in Chitral and ordered the provincial government to take steps to ensure complete protection of local population.