ISLAMABAD: At least forty-nine people have died and 27 others injured as a result of torrential rains and land sliding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.
According to Provincial Disaster Management Authority of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, ten people were killed in Shangla, Swat four, Kohistan 12, two each in Bannu, Batagram and Mardan while one each in Malakand, Upper Dir, Mansehra, Chitral, and Charsadda.
The PDMA has dispatched relief goods, including two hundred tents each to Swat, Shangla, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, and Kohistan districts.
A number of houses were also damaged and bridges swept away by flood water in different parts of the province.
Heavy rain and hailstorm lashed Loralai city and its outskirts.
The torrential rain caused serious losses to orchards and other standing crops.
Reports of sliding have also been received from Neelam valley of Azad Kashmir.
Eight persons at the same family were killed in Sharda when their house collapsed due to land sliding.
Four members of a family have also been killed and three others injured in Chilas when roof of their house collapsed in Jichen.
The communication link has been disconnected due to torrential rain in Gilgit Baltistan.
Our Gilgit Correspondent Sher Muhammad reports heavy land sliding has damaged Karakorum Highway between Gilgit and Chilas.
In Ghizer, eight residential houses have been collapsed due to landslides in Sherqila village.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed grief over the loss of human lives in rain and flood related incidents.
He has directed National Disaster Management Authority and the concerned departments to expedite rescue and relief operation in affected areas.
The Prime Minister further directed to keep him updated on the situation.
The Prime Minister also directed for provision of food, shelter and other facilities to the affected people. Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has also expressed grief and sorrow over casualties in rain related incidents in the country. NNI