KP Declares Extreme Weather Emergency Due to Heavy Rain & Snow

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has declared an ‘Extreme Weather Emergency’ across the province till 14 March as torrential rain and snowfall have wreaked havoc over the past week.

KP government has imposed the emergency under Section 16(A)(i) of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) KP Act 2010.

Till Sunday, at least 17 people were reported dead and 38 injured in rain-related incidents all over KP.

According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), 57 houses collapsed in the province during the past week due to severe rain and snow, causing most of the deaths.

The government has tasked the Provincial Relief, Rehabilitation and Settlement Department to join hands with district administrations to provide food and shelter to the affected people.

Moreover, the government has tasked Deputy Commissioners of all affected districts to set up temporary shelters (Panahgahs) to accommodate the people rendered homeless in rain-related incidents while stepping up efforts to rebuild their houses.

Weather Forecast

The Met Office has stated that extreme weather conditions will prevail in the province this week.

It has predicted gusty winds and heavy rainfall in central and lower parts of KP while upper parts of the province will experience another spell of snowfall this week.

Via: Express Tribune