PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Metrological Department has predicted more rain in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from tonight (Wednesday) till Friday.

The Met Office said that some areas of KP will receive light rain, while some areas will receive heavy rain with thunderstorm. The new spell of rain is expected to continue till Friday. Due to heavy rain, land sliding is expected in mountainous areas, while flood is expected in areas situated near the rivers and nullahs. Red alert has also been issued in vulnerable areas to take precautionary measures to ward off damages in case of any emergency situation.

The Met Office said widespread rains/wind-thunderstorm with isolated heavy to very heavy falls are expected in Hazara, Malakand, Peshawar and Mardan, while at scattered places in Kohat and Bannu divisions.

In Peshawar, minimum temperature on Wednesday was 28 degrees centigrade, while maximum temperature is expected at 39 degrees centigrade. The ratio of dampness in the air is 76 percent.

Recent spells of heavy rain caused damages in some parts of KP and tribal districts. According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), at least 13 persons lost their lives, while 29 others were injured across KP in torrential rains during the last five days.

The PDMA report is based on the damages caused by floods and rain-related incidents in all the districts of the province. The deceased also include five children and a woman. Three deaths were reported from Buner, three from Shangla, five from Mansehra and one each from Abbottabad and South Waziristan. The report further stated that as many as 29 persons were injured while 27 animals also perished in rain-related incidents in the province. Similarly, nine houses have also been fully damaged while 16 houses were partially damaged during torrential rains. The PDMA report said that a total 10 districts were declared rain-affected.

The land link between Khyber and Kurram tribal districts has also been cut off after a contact bridge collapsed in Lozaka Darra area of Bar Kambarkhel in Tirah valley of Khyber district. Local sources said the wooden bridge collapsed when a vehicle was passing over it. The bridge was already in dilapidated condition and it was further weakened due to recent heavy rains in the area.

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