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Pakistani province issues flood alert, warns of heavy loss of life from glacial melting

PESHAWAR (AP) – A Pakistani province has issued a flood alert because of glacial melting and warned of a heavy loss of life if safety measures aren’t undertaken, officials said on Saturday.

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

Experts said the country is experiencing heavier rains than normal in April because of climate change.

In the mountainous northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has been hit particularly hard by the deluges, authorities issued a flood alert because of the melting of glaciers in several districts.

They said the flood could worsen and that people should move to safer locations ahead of any danger. “If timely safety measures are not taken, 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.

Latest figures from the province said that 59 people, including 33 children, have died in the past five days because of rain-related incidents. At least 2,875 houses and 26 schools have either collapsed or been damaged.

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