PESHAWAR: The provincial government will not leave alone the rains/landsliding affected people in the hour of need, said Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak.
He also directed Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to release additional funds to the severely affected Districts Dir Upper and Kohistan and provide relief goods to district administration for distribution in Malakand and Hazara rains hit regions.
According to a statement issued here, PDMA is providing every possible assistance and carrying out rescue and relief operations in the affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
An additional amount of Rs5.0 million released to Dir Upper while Rs10 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/landsliding affected families.
PDMA is in close contact with all DCs monitoring the situation proactively, spokesman said and added 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 number 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 8 houses and road while 30 people stuck under the debris of houses and mountain.
Rescue operation has been started and till last night 7 persons rescued in which 2 dead and 5 seriously injured while the search operation is continued to rescue remaining 23 persons.