PESHAWAR - At least 13 more people were killed and over two dozen injured in rain-related incidents, as heavy rains continued to batter parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, officials said on Wednesday.

Rain has continued to lash different districts of KP including Mansehra, Battagram, Bunir, Shangla, Kohistan and Swat for days causing widespread damage to roads and houses and causing landslides at some points.

Taj Mohammad, spokesperson for the Rescue 1122 service in Bunir, said three people — a woman and two children — were killed and three others injured at Chagharzai while another woman died in the Ryal area of Bunir after the roofs of their houses collapsed due to rain and landslides. The injured were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Bunir, he added.

Additionally, four people, including a woman and a child, were killed when their house in Hussain Banda in Oghi tehsil, Mansehra, was hit by landsliding, according to rescue officials. Two other people were also injured. Police and eyewitnesses said the landslide was caused by heavy rains. Rescue teams reached the spot and started operation to recover stranded people under the rubble.

Battagram Deputy Commissioner Abdul Hameed said two girls aged between nine and 12 were killed when heavy boulders, displaced by the rains and flood struck their house in the district’s Rashang area. Local people dug through the debris to recover the bodies, he said. Hameed said seven houses had collapsed across the district so far and eight major and link roads were blocked due to landsliding. He said water supply schemes in different parts of the district were also damaged.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Azeem, 30, drowned in the Nandyar River in Battagram while trying to collect wood, the DC said. Upper Kohistan DC Arif Yousafzai said around 10-15 houses, a mosque and a seminary was damaged in the rains while link roads of the entire Kandia tehsil were blocked due to landsliding. Water supply schemes were also damaged at various points, he added.

Imran Hussain Ranjha, deputy commissioner Shangla said major infrastructural damage, especially to roads was reported in the district due to flash floods. In particular, one kilometer stretch of the Karora-Ajmeer Road was washed away while other major and link roads were also damaged. A suspension bridge linking Damorai with Banda was swept away in the flash floods, Ranjha said.

Construction and works department has already begun efforts to clear the roads, he said, adding that the work was being hindered by continuous rainfall. Ranjha further said that his revenue staff was collecting information about the houses that were damaged, adding that reports were being received from across the district about damage to houses, roads and water supply lines.

Bisham Assistant Commissioner Khurram Rehman said houses in the area that were situated near rivers had been evacuated as the flow of water was increasing. Landslides also hit vehicles in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan, killing a truck driver and injuring several others. On Tuesday late night husband Abdul Majeed son of Said Faqeer and his wife drowned in the flooded river when the Baila Munawar bridge collapsed at village Seemian while another person Basheer son of Kalo also lost his life at Tanda by a flash flood. 

Owing to devastating heavy rain triggered the flash flood and land sliding which also blocked roads and thoroughfares all across the district Mansehra while many electricity feeders were also tripped.