On Friday, more heavy rains and floods ravaged different regions of the country, particularly Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa districts, claiming at least 51 more human lives – 42 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and nine in Sindh – and destroying hundreds of houses and other buildings.
Electricity, gas, and communication services were all disrupted in the Swat region of KP, as well as other parts of Balochistan and Punjab. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited the Sindh region of Sukkur, interacted with flood victims, and announced a Rs15 billion grant for those affected by the natural disaster across the country.
On Friday, at least 42 more people were killed in various parts of KP, most notably in the divisions of Malakand, Hazara, and Dera Ismail Khan. According to reports from Mansehra, ten people drowned in Balakot tehsil, including three women and a child. In flash floods in the Dubair and Pattan areas of Lower Kohistan, eleven people drowned, including four men, the same number of women, and three children.
Lower Kohistan district police officer Zulfiqar Jadoon stated that floodwater swept away buildings and shops in the Dubair and Pattan bazaars. “Ten people drowned, and there could have been a major human tragedy if we hadn’t relocated people living along rivers in Pattan and Dubair to safer areas,” Jadoon said. He also stated that the search for the bodies of four people who were swept away by floodwaters in the Dubair stream a day earlier was ongoing.
A hotel and shops were destroyed in Pattan, Kohistan, as well as the Karakoram Highway. After a bridge collapsed and water entered the small town of Mansehra, dozens of shops and business centres were washed away in the Mahandri bazaar on the Mansehra-Naran-Jalkhad road in Kaghan valley. After the floodwaters carrying mega rocks and giant trees entered the Mahandri area of Kaghan valley, the locals fled the area in panic.