After heavy rainfall in KP: Relief givers focus on CM's hometown
[Dawn] The widespread rain and snowfall caused substantial damages to private properties across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) largely focused its attention on Mardan district, hometown of the chief minister.

The authority immediately conducted damages and needs assessment survey in Mardan and sent 700 tents from its warehouses with directives to the district authorities to arrange food and nonfood items for the affected people.

The PDMA director general also visited Mardan on Wednesday.

The statistics compiled by the authority showed that three people have been killed and 10 injured in rain-related incidents, while 125 houses have been damaged fully or partially in Mardan.

The rain caused widespread damages in the adjacent Swabi district, where 1,227 houses, including 100 houses in the Afghan refugee camp, Gandaf, had been declared damaged.

The PDMA has dispatched 100 tents and 100 food packages to help the affected population in Swabi.

It sanctioned Rs2 million for Haripur district, while heavy machinery has been dispatched to Shangla district to clear snow from roads.

Officials said total death toll from the three-day rain in the province was 29, while 75 people suffered injuries. They said a total of 1,393 houses had been fully or partially damaged across the province.

Posted by: Fred 2013-02-08