Heavy rains, land sliding block roads in Abbottabad
By: Abdul Khaliq Qureshi
ABBOTTABAD: Heavy monsoon rains and landsliding on Sunday blocked the roads leading to Nathiagali, Thandiani, Naran, Kaghan and surrounding areas of the city. People in the area told Daily Times that floods had caused losses worth billions of rupees as houses collapsed and shops and businesses were destroyed.
Flood-hit residents along the banks of River Kunhar, and particularly in the Garhi Habibullah area, said their properties and business had been swept away and a number of people, including minors, had been killed. Most of the mud houses in the area had collapsed and the people were living under the open sky amid heavy rains and flood, they said. Cultivated lands were inundated by floodwater, causing heavy financial losses and making the land unfit for cultivation in the near future, the residents added. They said the government should have made preparations to meet emergencies during the monsoon season.
It is pertinent to mention that further monsoons rains are expected in Hazara Division, where a large number of people made homeless by flood await rescue and relief.