ISLAMABAD, August 31: The torrential monsoon rains across the country on Wednesday continued claiming further lives and inflicting losses to property as the total death count in various incidents reached 1,302 with 36 more deaths in past 24 hours and 3,554 individuals got injured since the onset of the rainy season.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued a 24-hour situation report released on routine basis that accounted overall life, property, and infrastructure losses incurred by the heavy rains lashing out various parts of the country.
The heavy rains and flash floods caused deaths of four women and a man in Kachhi district of Balochistan. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, nine persons perished due to roof collapse and flash floods in various districts including two men and a child in Upper Kohistan, a man in Karak, two men in Dera Ismail Khan, a man each in South Waziristan, Hangu and Lower Dir.
However, four people were reported as injured including two children in Upper Kohistan, one man in Dera Ismail Khan, and one in Upper Chitral due to the flash floods. The data reconciled by the NDMA mentioned that the segregated data of death of 19 persons was confirmed by the PDMA Punjab.
In GilgitBaltistan (GB), N-35 highway was closed due to landslide at Zaid Khur at 288 Kilometers (Km) patch including road section and bridge approaches damaged, UcharNullah Bridge at 303Km, Lutar at 323 to approximately 340 Km whereas traffic moving through alternate route of N-15. In Balochistan, two routes were blocked as the high flow of water blocked including the M-8: (100-140 km) as land sliding occurred in 24 Km Long section of Wangu hills and the road was closed for all types of traffic whereas N-65 Pinjra Bridge (Bolan River) 45 meter span washed out by flash floods. – DNA