KHAR, Aug 10: Heavy rains and flooding destroyed crops and damaged roads in various parts of Barang tehsil in Bajaur Agency on Thursday night.

Locals said it began raining in the evening and continued for hours affecting Kamal Dara, Mimola, Qumbar, Sarlara, Rood and Khan Saili areas.

Ihsanullah, a local tribesman, told Dawn that rains had washed away standing crop of maize and vegetables on thousand acres of land in the region, while the flooding damaged roads, electricity and telephone systems.

“People in the calamity-hit area are in distress over huge losses and for being without facilities,” he said. A local official said the administration had begun relief operations in the region, while an exercise to assess the damages caused by rains and flooding to infrastructure, and people’s property and crops had also got underway.

Updated Aug 10, 2012 10:22pm

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