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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

20 killed as heavy floods hit northwest Pakistan: army lunches relief activities

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Peshawar, 17 August, ( As many as 20 people have been killed due to floods in northwest Pakistan.

Due to heavy rains on Sunday in many areas of Mardan and Swabi districts of North West Frontier Province were hit by heavy flooding.

Many people died due to collapsing of roofs as a number of villages were inundated and fields damaged when floods hit Garyala, Kaganau camp and Balagarhi area of Mardan, and Ismailia area of Swabi.

Around 400 houses have also collapsed while thousands of people are trapped in the flood-hit areas.

Ismailia, Kalu Khan, Khat Kalay, Sheraghand and Nazar Kalay areas of Swabi are worst hit.

The heavy flood has been also swept away Kalu Khan Bridge in Swabi while the communication network has been severely damaged.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Army has launched relief activities in flood-hit Mardan and Swabi areas, where emergency has been declared in all the government hospitals.

Funds have been issued to the district administration of Mardan and Swabi for helping the flood victims.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Army troops have reached Muhib Banda, Bagram and Ismailia along with boats.

Pakistan Army has also set up a flood relief camp in Peshawar which will function in coordination with the Provincial Flood Relief Commissioner and

The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) has released the necessary funds to the district administration for helping the flood affectees. Hundreds of tents, medicines and other essential items have been dispatched for the victims of Mardan and Swabi.

Steps are also being taken for providing cooked food to the affectees.

The flood water level is easing in Kalpani Nala, Mardan and the road will be opened for vehicular traffic soon.

Thousands of people are trapped in the flood-hit areas and efforts are underway by Army, the locals and welfare organizations to shift them to safer places.

Meanwhile the special envoy of Barack Obama to Pakistan Richard Holbrooke’s tour of Mingora has been postponed due to bad weather.

- Asian Tribune -

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