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    April  06,  2016


CM directs PDMA to release additional funds to affected areas

Chitral Times Report

Peshawar: Provincial Government will not leave alone the rains/landsliding affected people in the hour of need, said Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak. CM also directed Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to release additional funds to the severely affected District Dir Upper and Kohistan and provide relief goods to district administration for distributing in Malakand and Hazara rains hit regions.PDMA KP is providing every possible assistance and carrying out rescue and relief operations in the affected areas Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.An additional amount of Rs. 5.0 million released to Dir Upper while Rs. 10.0 million released to Deputy Commissioner Kohistan for relief activities in the affected region, ,said Spokesperson PDMA. He said, PDMA has dispatched 500 large food packages including sufficient quantity of wheat flour, sugar, rice, ghee, tea pulses etc to Kohistan on Tuesday evening for rains/landslidingaffected families.

He said, PDMA is in close contact with all DCs monitoring the situation proactively.He said, 200 each relief items i.e. Tents, 400 Blankets, Mats and other required items dispatched from PDMA warehouse to district Swat, Shangla, Lower Dir and Upper Dir to DCs and distributed amongst the affected families.Meanwhile, the death toll in rain-related incidents across the province reached 61 and this numbers may increase. According to a spokesman of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), 52 people were injured and total 375 houses damaged in the incidents caused by the ongoing rain/landsliding. He said most of the casualties occurred due to roof collapse and landsliding and maximum incidents were reported from Shangla, Swat, Kohistan,Mardan and other parts of the province. In village Athror, District Kohistan, landsliding damaged road and 8 houses while 30 people stuck under the debris of houses and mountain. Rescue operation has been started and till last night 7 person rescued in which 2 dead and 5 seriously injured while the search operation is continued to rescue remaining 23 persons.

It may added that the rain began late Saturday across the country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which worst hit inadequately built homes, particularly in Malakand and Hazara Division, are most susceptible to collapse during heavy spring rains andlandsliding.


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