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Pakistani province issues flood alert, warning of major loss of life due to melting glaciers

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PESHAWAR (AP) — A Pakistani province has issued a flood alert due to melting glaciers and warned of major loss of life if safety measures are not taken, officials said Saturday.

Pakistan has witnessed days of extreme weather, killing dozens of people and destroying property and farmland.

Experts say the country is experiencing heavier than normal rainfall in April due to climate change.

In the mountainous northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has been particularly hard hit by the floods, authorities have issued a flood warning due to the melting of glaciers in several districts.

They said the flooding could worsen and that people should move to safer locations ahead of any danger. “If safety measures are not taken timely, there is a possibility of heavy loss of life and property due to the expected flood situation,” said local disaster management authority Muhammad Qaiser Khan.

The latest figures from the province show that 59 people, including 33 children, have died as a result of rain-related incidents in the past five days. At least 2,875 houses and 26 schools have collapsed or damaged.

People pass by a damaged electricity pole caused by flooding due to heavy rains near Chaman area, Pakistan. PHOTO: AP