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Pakistani province issues flood alert, warning of major loss of life due to melting glaciers

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani province has issued a flood warning due to melting glaciers and warned of heavy loss of life, officials said Saturday.

The country has witnessed days of extreme weather, killing dozens of people and destroying property and farmland. Experts say Pakistan is experiencing heavier than normal rainfall in April due to climate change.

In the mountainous northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has been particularly hard hit by the floods, authorities have issued a flood warning due to the melting of glaciers in several districts.

They said the flooding could worsen and people should move to safer locations ahead of any danger.

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

The latest figures from the province show that 46 people, including 25 children, have died as a result of rain-related incidents in the past five days.

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

The southwestern province of Baluchistan is also being hit by rainfall. It says it has limited resources to deal with the current situation, but if the rain continues, it will seek help from the central government.

In 2022, downpours swelled rivers, at one point flooding a third of Pakistan, killing 1,739 people. The floods also caused $30 billion in damage.

The monsoon season in Pakistan starts in June.

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