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Heavy rains paralyze life in Hazara division

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Flash floods have also breached defense lines, invading homes and causing widespread destruction.

Abbottabad:

The second three days of continuous downpour in Hazara division have paralyzed life, severing many road links and triggering landslides that have blocked several roads, including the Karakoram Highway (KKH) in Kohistan.

According to details, incessant heavy rains in Hazara division including Haripur, Abbottabad city, Galyat, Kaghan, Naran, Kohistan, Battagram and Thandyani have resulted in numerous roadblocks due to landslides.

Flash floods have also breached defense lines, invading homes and causing widespread destruction.

In Havelian, Abbottabad, Qalandar Abad and Mansehra, the KKH has been blocked at several points due to flash floods, leaving thousands of vehicles stranded in the water.

Heavy rains, coupled with thunderstorms and hailstorms, caused significant damage to power transmission lines and telecommunications systems in most parts of Hazara division. Several connecting roads across the division have been cut due to flash floods and landslides.

In Abbottabad city, flash floods have again swept away furniture and household items in several parts of the city. Major roads like KKH, Main Murree Road, Kakul Road, Mandian, Supply Bazaar and Link Road Abbottabad have turned into virtual cesspools.

Numerous arterial and connecting roads in Galyat, Thandiani, Mansehra, Battagram and Kaghan Valley have been destroyed by heavy rains, landslides and flash floods.

Structural collapses and other incidents caused by storms and heavy rains have been reported in Mansehra.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 22NL2024.