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25 Sep 2018 description

By Hanif Samoon

MITHI: The much-awaited emergency relief operation in the drought-hit Tharparkar region begins on Monday (today), according to a statement issued by Deputy Commissioner Moh­ammad Asif Jamil.

The statement issued on Sunday evening said that the operation was being launched on the direction of the Sindh government. A total of 208,247 families would be provided wheat free of cost during the relief operation, it said.

24 Sep 2018 description

by Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: More than 2.5 million children under the age of five will be administered drops during a three-day anti-polio campaign to be launched across Balochistan on Monday (today).

Balochistan Emergency Operation Centre Coordinator Syed Faisal Ahmed said here on Sunday that vitamin-A drops would also be given to the children.

23 Sep 2018 description

Ikram JunaidiUpdated September 23, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Poliovirus that originated in the Northern Corridor in Afghanistan – Kandahar and Helmand – has been detected in various Pakistani cities including Rawalpindi.

Emergency Operations Centre for Polio Eradication National Coordinator Rana Mohammad Safdar said the virus has been detected in Peshawar and other cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well.

19 Sep 2018 description

By Fahad Chaudhry

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he will consult all the political parties before taking a final decision on his recently made promises to grant citizenships to Afghan and Bengali families living in the country for many decades..

The prime minister, in his first official visit to Karachi over on Sunday, had vowed to end the Afghan and Bengali refugees' plight by issuing them passports and national identity cards.

13 Sep 2018 description

Ashfaq Yusufzai

Updated September 13, 2018

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department is struggling to execute its plan to address endemic dengue fever in Khyber tribal district over a lack of clarity over the Fata health directorate’s merger with it.

Currently, the district’s jurisdiction falls under the Fata health directorate.

11 Sep 2018 description

LANDI KOTAL: The health authorities launched a five-day anti-dengue campaign in Jamrud subdivision of Khyber tribal district on Monday.

The officials said that 35 health teams along with representatives of different line departments and polio workers would participate in the campaign. The number of dengue patients in Jamrud has reached 150.

The officials said that health teams would pay visits to houses in Gharreeza, Wazir Dhand, Teddi Bazaar and Nayee Abadi localities of Jamrud. These areas have recorded maximum number of the total reported dengue cases.

15 Aug 2018 description

SLAMABAD: Recent rains have improved river flows, which have subsequently enhanced storage in major reservoirs of the country, and are likely to cause high to very high flood in the River Chenab at some major headworks, including Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad.

“According to latest hydrological conditions River Chenab at Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad is likely to attain high flood level in next 36 hours,” says a forecast issued by the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) of the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

13 Aug 2018 description

Murtaza Talpur

Malnutrition is one of the foremost socio-economic problems faced by developing countries like Pakistan. It takes place owing to insufficient or imbalanced nourishment and poor sanitary conditions and hygiene practices. It results in poor health and education outcomes and impedes economic growth and human development.

11 Aug 2018 description

NOWSHERA: In two incidents on Thursday, polio workers were held hostage and manhandled by locals who disrupted the ongoing polio eradication campaign in Nowshera district.

In Rashakai, the police arrested three people for allegedly disrupting the vaccination process by harassing female staffers of the polio teams and abusing the police staff assisting them.

According to reports, the polio eradication teams in Nowshera have boycotted the ongoing vaccination campaign in protest against harassment of female staffers in the area.

09 Aug 2018 description

KHAR: Two girls were killed and a woman was injured in house collapse incidents in Bajaur and Shangla districts as torrential rains lashed various parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday, officials said.

In Khar tehsil, roof of a room in a house collapsed on the family members of one Mohammad Din in Inzari village. Local people and personnel of Bajaur Levies took part in the rescue work and recovered the body of a 10-year-old girl and an injured woman from the debris.

The body and the injured woman were taken to the district headquarters hospital, Khar.

29 Jul 2018 description

GILGIT: The floods caused by melting glaciers continued to swell streams and rivers across Gilgit-Baltistan on Saturday, damaging houses, crops, bridges and roads.

The floods have also stranded thousands of people in remote areas.

Authorities said floods from melting glacier in Bazgang nullah continued on the third day on Saturday, with debris brought by it damaged over 40 houses in Tumik area of Rondu valley of Skardu, forcing residents to migrate to safe places.

26 Jul 2018 description

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: A day after an attack in Kech district in which three soldiers and a teacher were martyred, about 31 people — six of them policemen — lost their lives and around 70 suffered injuries in a suicide bombing outside a polling station in Quetta on Wednesday.

Deputy Inspector General of Quetta police Abdul Razzaq Cheema survived the suicide attack but another police officer, Riaz Ahmed Nothani, was killed. The injured included policemen and voters.

20 Jul 2018 description

By Jamil Nagri

GILGIT: With large swathes of cultivated and other land coming under water, floodwaters and landslides blocking several vital roads and thousands of people getting marooned, flooding caused by rapid melting of glaciers has wreaked havoc across Gilgit-Baltistan.

Two people were killed when a family was hit by floodwaters, sources said on Thursday.

05 Jul 2018 description

ISLAMABAD: There is no likelihood of a major threat to life and property arising out of upcoming monsoon floods this year owing to more than 13 million acre feet (MAF) of capacity available in dams to absorb regional waters from upstream flooding.

This was the crux of an annual coordination session of the federal and provincial authorities held on Wednesday to review preparedness for flood protection.

04 Jul 2018 description

Fahad Chaudhry | Updated July 03, 2018

At least six people have lost their lives in monsoon downpours that have caused the streets of Lahore to flood, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Tuesday.

Of the six who died in Lahore, four passed away due to electrocution while two others lost their lives after being buried under the debris of collapsed buildings.

04 Jul 2018 description

PESHAWAR: The elders of the internally displaced persons from Bara tehsil of Khyber region have demanded of Election Commission of Pakistan to establish polling booths for them at Jalozai camp so that they could cast their votes in the upcoming polls.

Addressing a news conference at Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday, Tehreek-i-Mutasereen Rabita Committee Bara president Namdar Afridi said that majority of the displaced families had yet to return to their native towns in Khyber region. He said that such people would not be able to cost their vote in the upcoming general elections.

02 Jul 2018 description

By A.B. Arisar

UMERKOT: Nature has blessed the arid area of Umerkot like other parts of Thar with pre-monsoon rains.

The showers brought relief to the growers, who have started cultivating crops, and brought those back to their abodes who had migrated with their families, owing to lack of water.

21 Jun 2018 description

KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday constituted a commission to conduct an inquiry into causes of death of eight infants in Tharparkar district, where the level of malnutrition remains high due to frequent drought.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar directed the commission, headed by Additional Inspector General of police Sanaullah Abbasi, to submit a report to the court in two months.

18 Jun 2018 description

By Hafeezullah Sherani | Updated June 17, 2018

Three young brothers were killed and their father and another brother injured during a landsliding incident in Balochistan's Zhob district on Sunday, DawnNewsTV reported.

The incident happened at a hilly tourist spot Silyazzai, where the ill-fated family of Rahmatullah Safi had come to enjoy Eid holidays.

11 Jun 2018 description

By Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: The river flows have improved for now with river Kabul in high floods but drought-like conditions have already hit most parts of the country, affecting Kharif crops.