Seven die as snowfall wreaks havoc in KP district
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Heavy snowfall claimed seven lives in Dir Upper District in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, 24NewsHD TV channel.
More than 300 cattle were reportedly killed. Authorities expressed condolence over the loss and issued statements to utilize all-out resources to protect the people from the disaster and launched a relief operation.
The incident took place a couple of days after the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a warning that the above-normal monsoon rainfall increased the risks of flooding, landslides, and urban floods in big cities.
The KP disaster management issued guidelines, urging the masses to call 1700 in case of any emergency. Parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa received a rare snowfall in the month of June.
Hilly areas in Kaghan Valley, Shangla District, Upper Dir, and Upper Chiral received snowfall. Mehl, Khot, Shandur, Lasht and other areas of Upper Chitral and Madaklasht of Lower Chitral also received snowfall.
Departments concerned have been directed to be alert following the warning to cope with the challenge. Also, the PDMA Punjab has warned the masses to take precautionary measures during monsoon season as the province received 57 percent more rainfall than average and the trend would continue in the coming days.
Major cities particularly Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, and Dera Ghazi Khan are in danger.