Khyber PakhtoonKhuwa

Chitral floods kill 31, including worshippers at mosque – eight soldiers of Pak Army missing

Chitral

CHITRAL: At least 31 people were swept away in flash floods triggered by heavy rain in Chitral, including some who were praying at a mosque. Bodies of seven missing villagers have been found, officials said.

Maghferat Shah, Chitral district administrator, said some residents were missing after flash floods swamped a local mosque in Drosh town in Upper Chitral.

“The floodwater killed 10 people and caused serious injuries to 21 others at the mosque. Some of them had been swept away in the floodwater and are still missing,” he said.

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Shah said 18 people had been killed in other areas due to rain and flash floods, and there were fears the death toll will increase once rescuers reach remote mountainous areas.

According to our correspondent Gul Hammad Farooqui, at least 16 people were offering Taraweeh prayers at Ursoon Mosque when flash floods swept them away.

Those who died in this fatal incidence were identified as Haleemullah son of Gul Zareen, Naeemulah S/O Gul  Zareen, Mohibullah S/O Gul Zareen, Abdul Razzaq S/O Khan Muhammad, Abdul Lateef son of Abdul Razzaq, Shafeeq S/O Saeed Muhammad, Zakir S/O Azizullah, Noor Muhammad S/O Noor Islam, Abdul Salam S/O Gul Muhammad, Zawul S/O Gul Muhammad.

Provincial Disaster Management Disaster Authority, at least eight soldiers of Pakistan Army have also gone missing in the flash floods.

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Thirty-five houses were submerged in the floods whereas 47 others were partially damaged.

Not a single government official managed to reach the spot.

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had warned KP’s disaster management authority regarding the torrential rains and flood situation in the province and issued the list of districts that was declared sensitive.

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Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak and Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has instructed the concerned authorities to work on emergency basis.

A helicopter service will also be launched for relief operation.

The provincial government has announced compensation of Rs. 0.3 million to the family member of each deceased persons.

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