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Pakistani province issues flood alert due to melting glaciers

A Pakistani province has issued a flood alert due to melting glaciers and warned of massive loss of life, officials said Saturday.

The country has seen days of extreme weather conditions that have claimed the lives of dozens of people and destroyed property and farmland. Experts say Pakistan is experiencing heavier than normal rains in April due to climate change.

In the mountainous northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has been particularly affected by flooding, authorities issued a flood alert due to melting glaciers in several districts.

They said the flooding could get worse and that people should go to safer places in the event of any danger.

“If timely safety measures are not taken, there is a possibility of heavy loss of life and property due to expected flooding,” warned Muhammad Qaiser Khan of the local disaster management authority.

The most recent figures provided by provincial authorities indicate that 46 people, 25 of them children, have died in the last five days in rain-related incidents.

At least 2,875 houses and 26 schools have collapsed or been damaged.

The southwestern province of Balochistan has also been affected by the rains. Provincial authorities point out that they have limited resources to deal with the current situation, but if the rains continue, help will be requested from the Pakistani government.

In 2022, rains caused rivers to swell and at one point flooded a third of Pakistan, killing 1,739 people. The floods also left $30 billion worth of damage.

The monsoon season in Pakistan begins in June.

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