DI Khan loses two lives to downpour

Published August 19, 2022
A pick-up truck being pulled out of a rainwater nullah in Dera Ismail Khan on Thursday. — Dawn
A pick-up truck being pulled out of a rainwater nullah in Dera Ismail Khan on Thursday. — Dawn

DERA ISMAIL KHAN/BAJAUR: Two people, including a minor child, were killed and five injured in rain-related incidents in Dera Ismail Khan district on Thursday.

Abdul Aziz, a five-year-old resident of Circular Road, slipped into a canal near his house and drowned.

An elderly man was killed after he fell off a motorcycle he rode in Dera Ismail Khan city during heavy rain.

A house collapsed in Himmat village injuring its owner, Sheikh Shaukat, his wife and three children.

The Rescue 1122 workers gave the injured first aid and shifted them to the hospital, whose doctors declared their condition to be out of danger.

The downpour-induced floods destroyed a Dera-Zhob Road bridge in Mughal Kot area suspending traffic between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

Several roads were swept away by floodwaters in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts, whose low-lying areas were inundated to the misery of residents.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department recorded over 66mm rainfall in Dera Ismail Khan district during the last 24 hours and forecast more rain today (Friday).

Dera Ismail Khan deputy commissioner Nasrullah Khan ordered the closure of all private and government education institutions in the district for two days over flooding.

The floods also wreaked havoc in dozens of villages in Kot Azam, Pai, Paroa, Daraban Kalan and Kirri Shamozai areas of Tank district.

The torrential rains tripped several power feeders suspending electric supply to DI Khan city and villages for long hours, while dozens of houses were damaged by floodwaters in Prova area and neighbouring Chandna, Tilkan and Bharki villages.

Meanwhile, a pickup vehicle was washed away by flash floods in Damadola area of Bajaur tribal district on Thursday.

The Rescue 1122 workers rescued four people, who rode the vehicle.

The residents also reported damage to several link roads and maize crops and vegetables by torrential rains in the district.

Published in Dawn, August 19th, 2022

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