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Friday, July 19, 2024

Flash floods wreak havoc in Swat, emergency declared

People can be heard shouting "Astaghfirullah, Astaghfirullah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar" as a building in Swat collapses seconds after being hit by the flood.

Currently, many areas in Pakistan are reeling from the devastation the recent bout of floods has caused. Videos are emerging showing the heart-wrenching predicament of the victims of floods.

A chilling video of a huge house in Swat getting swept away in raging flood waters is going viral on social media. People can be heard shouting “Astaghfirullah, Astaghfirullah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar” as the building collapses seconds after being hit. Several houses and hotels were also flooded at Mingora by-pass. The people have lost their lands and animals.

Heavy rains continue to batter parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), flash floods damaged houses and crops, blocked roads, and caused power outages in Swat with several people leaving their houses due to the damage caused by the floodwater.

Read more: Unprecedented floods in Pakistan

Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has also declared an emergency in the region. As per details, the Relief Department has issued a notice regarding the implementation of the emergency in Swat. The CM has also instructed the authorities to expedite the relief activities in the calamity-hit region and ordered to ensure the steps are taken on an emergency basis for the affectees.

The emergency will remain in place in Swat until August 30 for conducting relief activities in the area. CM KP Mahmood Khan further directed the district administration to restore damaged infrastructure, utilizing their entire resources.

Floods cause large-scale damage to Pakistan

The incessant rains have caused large-scale destruction to many areas in Pakistan. While Swat gets washed away due to the flash floods, a similar situation persists in Sindh, Balochistan, and Southern Punjab.

At least 33 million people have been affected by the deadly flooding. So far, the floods have killed 937 people, including 343 children, and left millions without shelter.

The NDMA, Pakistani Army, and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority are working to assist those affected but there is a dire need for shelter and relief due to the rising number of homeless and displaced families.

The southern province of Sindh, which has been badly hit by the flooding, has asked for 1 million tents, while Balochistan province has requested 100,000 tents

Read more: How flash floods have affected the people of Balochistan