15 killed, 26 injured in rain-related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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According to the authority, the majority of casualties happened due to roof collapsing and flash floods incidents in Kohat and Lower Dir districts of the province….reports Asian Lite News

Atleast 15 people have been killed and 26 others suffered injuries in separate rain-related incidents during a recent spell of heavy downpour in Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, local authorities said.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), in a report, said that children and women were among those who lost their lives in heavy monsoon rain-triggered flash floods and different rain-related incidents in the past 7 days, Xinhua reported.

According to the authority, the majority of casualties happened due to roof collapsing and flash floods incidents in Kohat and Lower Dir districts of the province.

The civil administration along with rescue teams and police have been carrying out rescue and relief operations in the affected districts. Authorities also cleared several roads for traffic after they got blocked due to land sliding.

The PDMA has also directed the local authorities to accelerate the pace of relief work and stay vigilant as there are predictions of more rain in several districts of the province.

Surge in Covid cases

The coronavirus situation is worsening in the country with each passing day as Pakistan reported 52,752 active virus cases on the second day of Eid ul Adha.

As per the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) statistics from Thursday morning, 40 deaths were reported from coronavirus in Pakistan in the last 24 hours, while 2,158 new positive cases were recorded in the country, reported Geo News.

According to the NCOC, 34,216 tests were conducted yesterday and the positivity ratio remained over six percent. The current positivity rate stands at 6.30 per cent.

The death toll due to disease in the country has now reached 22,928 and 922,929 patients stand recovered from the infection, reported Geo News.

Coronavirus has cast a pall on Eid ul Adha celebrations for a second consecutive year, as Muslims across Pakistan celebrate the religious festival.

Eid celebrations in the country, which will last till Friday, come at a time when a steady rise in COVID-19 cases has been witnessed and the threat of the Delta variant looms large, reported Geo News.

Owing to the potential of Eid becoming a super spreader event — and a probable cause for the fourth wave — the government had urged the nation to scale back on gatherings. (ANI)

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