Three people including two children have died in two different locations in the Hangu-Orakzai area as a result of rain-triggered events – a mudslide and the collapse of a bunker, last evening (Tuesday, February 15, 2011).
In the first incident, a house at the foothills in Chapri Waziran area of Thal tehsil, District Hangu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was squashed by a large mass of mud that came rolling down on it Tuesday evening. According to Hangu based journalist Abdul Mumain Khan, the house was almost completely covered in mud with its roofs collapsed, killing two children living in it and injuring 6 other people, all of the same family.
“The house was all covered in mud,” said Khan after corresponding with the local sources in Thal area. “There was no emergency help available from any administrative body and so the local people had to pull the victims’ bodies out of the debris.”
According to Khan, the house was inhabited by two brothers and their families. The owner of the house is said to be one Syed Rehman. The ages of the dead children were 4 and 5 years.
In another incident, reported by security sources, a military bunker gave way to the continual rain in Shna Naka, in Lower Orakzai Agency, the tribal area that is geographically contiguous to Hangu. The incident, also taking place on Tuesday evening, killed one security personnel and wounded another one.
“The incidents are being attributed to the continual rain in Hangu and Orakzai area where snowfall was also reported from some parts,” said Abdul Munaim Khan.
According to him, it was more than three days of rain that limited the movement of the local people by adding to the intensity of cold weather in the area.