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Four children injured as rain lashes KP

December 14, 2012

PESHAWAR, Dec 13: Four children were injured in rain-related incidents in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank on Thursday as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) received heavy showers.

Also in the day, hilly areas in Malakand and Hazara divisions and parts of Orakzai, Khyber and Kurram agencies received snowfall, which brought mercury below freezing point.

Officials said two children suffered injuries when a room of the Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Dera Ismail Khan collapsed due to downpour.

A meteorologist said D.I. Khan city received 11 millimetres rain.

In another incident, the boundary wall of a primary school for boys in the adjoining Tank district collapsed slight injuring two children. They were discharged from the hospital after getting treatment.

Widespread rains lashed hilly and plain areas of the province, while high altitude areas received moderate snowfall.

The Met Office in Peshawar said Malam Jaba Ski resort in Swat received four inches snowfall and three inches snow was recorded in Kalam during early Thursday morning.

The main road between Mingora and Kalam remained opened to traffic, local people said. Heavy rains have been reported from Mingora city and its adjacent areas. Snowfall has been reported from Chitral District.

Snow blanketed Thandiyani, Nathiagali, Donga Gali, Changla Gali, Ayubia in Abbottabad and Naran, Kaghan and other valleys in Mansehra District. Link roads in Mansehra remained closed due to landslide in Mansehra.

Abbottabad to Changla Gali road remained blocked for light traffic at different points. Snowfall and rain began in the area on Wednesday night which continued with intervals. Snowfall also caused power breakdown in parts of Galayat.

The officials said town administration had brought machinery to remove snow from the main road from Abbottabad to Nathiagali and beyond. Traffic police has issued warning to tourists to avoid traveling to Galayat advised tourists to not to move in the hilly areas without fitting snow chains to their vehicles and try to avoid late time traveling.

Peshawar valley also received moderate level rains which started early Thursday morning.

The Met Office said 21 millimetres rain had been recorded in the provincial capital from 8am to 5pm Thursday and forecast more rains in next 24 hours. Minimum temperature was seven degree Celsius.

Rains and snowfall were also reported in tribal agencies.

Local people said severe cold gripped Kurram Valley after heavy snowfall on Spin Ghar (White Mountain) while it had been raining in low altitude areas of the tribal agency. Rains began in the area on Wednesday and continued on Thursday. Other parts of Fata also received rains.