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MINGORA: Floods in Swat River played havoc with property as 30 houses, 10 link bridges and 15 kilometres road was washed away in various areas on Friday, official sources said.


The sources said 30 houses and crops were destroyed along the river in various areas of the district.Talking to reporters, former Atror union council nazim Iqbal Khan said 15 kilometre road was swept away by flashflood. He said seven link bridges in Gabral, Kas, Naal, Shamotar, Barri and Atror had been destroyed, which had cut off Atror union council from Kalam and other areas.


Shortage of medicines and food items would cause many diseases and starvation-like situation, he maintained. The resident said 14 houses, six shops, 500 metres portion of the road and a hotel was washed away by floods in Kalam.


The sources said that link bridges in Mankiyal and Qandeel were also destroyed which left these areas disconnected from the Mingora town.Many houses along the river in Kabal tehsil were destroyed. However, no human loss was caused as these houses had been vacated a few days back.


The locals said that the flood also damaged the Ayub Bridge in Kanju.Also, Khwazakhela tehsil was disconnected from the rest of the district due to the closure of the Kanju Bridge for three days. The sources said that the closure of the bridge would create problems for 700,000 population.


The tourists in Kalam, Behrain and Madyan started moving to safer places from the hotels on the riverside. The district administration had issued warnings to the people living near the river to vacate houses after the hotels and restaurants were swept away by floods in Fizzagat and near bypass road.


However, spokesperson for the Inter-Services Public Relations, Colonel Zeeshan, said the media should exercise caution while reporting the flood issue. He claimed that neither any bridge had been destroyed nor damaged by floods, adding that the Matta Bridge would soon be reopened for traffic.


NOWSHERA: The district administration warned the public to be on alert after the rise in the water level in Kabul River.Various villages near the Kabul River including Amangarh, Muhib Banda, Pashtun Garhi, Garhi Momin, Camp Korona, Banda Ismailkhel and Jabba Daudzai were submerged by the floodwater.


The floodwater also destroyed standing crops. The district administration got many houses vacated in Shahidabad and Newkhtokhel.The sources said that the water flow in the Kabul River was increasing and was recorded at 1,62,000 cusecs.