Floods destroy houses, crops and affect 0.2m in Charsadda

CHARSADDA/NOWSHERA: Floods continued to devastate large parts of the region, affecting more than 0.2 million people and destroying homes and other structures, crops and orchards in Charsadda district on the second day of Saturday.

The floods created over 300 feet of breach in the headworks of Munda, causing flash floods in the Jindi River which runs through the district and the gushing water washed away everything in its path.

The flood submerged a large area, including houses and crops in various places in the district.

People residing along the banks of rivers, seasonal streams and nullahs have already started moving to safer places.

Floodwaters inundated thousands of homes, markets, shops and damaged infrastructure in addition to destroying crops, vegetable and fruit orchards.

Temporary shelters have been established in government buildings including schools and colleges to accommodate those affected by the floods.

The provincial government and district administration have already ordered people residing along the banks of rivers, streams and nullahs in particular and the general public to move to safer places in the district.

The Swat River was in high spate at Munda and Khiyali points as the water level rose over time.

The flooding of the Swat River at Khiyali point affected villages and towns in various union councils of Tangi tehsil including Abazai, Katozai, Tarnab, Agrah, Mirzadher, Nisatta, Dheri Zardad and others.

The district administration, Tehsil Municipal Administration and Rescue 1122 have launched rescue and relief activities in the flood affected areas.

Those affected were moved in vehicles and boats to temporary shelters established in safer locations at Abdul Wali Khan Sports Complex, Postgraduate College Charsadda and schools and colleges in Tangi, Kot Tarnab and others.

Affected people received essential food items, safety kits and medicines. The administration has already canceled holidays for staff of the TMA and other civic agencies.

Local public officials, ministers and officials including Taimur Salim Jhagra, Fazal Shakoor Khan, Assistant Commissioner Abdur Rahman, Additional Assistant Commissioner Sania Safi and others visited flood-affected areas and monitored relief activities .

According to the Flood Warning Center (FWC), very heavy flooding was also reported in the Kabul River at the Adezai Bridge in Nowshera with 90,200 cusec of water. The floods also inundated several villages in Nowshera where the army established a relief camp to help people. Residents of the lower elevations had been moved to safer locations on Friday evening following the flooding emergency. Nowshera district administration officials said the water level in the river had started to drop and the emergency was likely to end within three hours.

In Mardan, the district administration has established relief camps for flood affected people from Nowshera and Charsadda districts in different schools in the district. 10 families and 53 people affected by the floods have reached Mardan, the deputy commissioner added.

(ADC) Relief and Human Rights Aasma Arif said. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has placed all rescue and relief agencies and civic bodies at the top

alert to deal with the emerging situation caused by torrential rains and subsequent flooding in Swat, Dera Ismail Khan, Tank and elsewhere in the province.

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