Upper Dir DC Imran Hameed Sheikh said a committee has been constituted to assess the damage caused by the thunderstorm and flash flood in Kalkot, Upper Dir.
He was speaking to journalists on Friday after the funeral prayers of eight people, including two children, who lost their lives in torrential rains a day earlier. “Food packages, hygiene kits and tents will be distributed among families,” he added.
JI MPA Muhammad Ali, who also attended the funeral, told journalists, “The provincial government will compensate the families of victims once the district administration provides it with an estimate of losses.” He added, “In the meantime, Al-Khidmat Foundation will provide basic commodities to the affectees.”
The deceased were laid to rest in Biyar tehsil and thousands of people attended the last rites. A large number of newly-elected councillors, politicians and the general public were among the attendees.
Awami National Party leaders have also expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. The party’s provincial president Amir Haider Hoti urged the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government to immediately announce compensation for families of the deceased.
Earlier, on Thursday, at least eight people, including children, were killed in the thunderstorm and flash flood. Two children were also reported missing. Seven houses, an Eid Gah and a seminary were swept away and 15 shops were damaged. There was hardly any equipment to conduct rescue efforts in the area, which remained largely inaccessible as the roads were blocked due to landslides.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2015.