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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.
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.
KARAK: The local residents on Thursday protested acute water shortage flaying the public health engineering department for failing to restore a water scheme damaged and washed away by flash floods last year.
The protesters, who belonged to Rehmatabad, Sikot, Tordhand and Sorti Kalay areas, gathered in Ahmadwala area here to demonstrate.
By Ikram Junaidi
ISLAMABAD: Polio programme seems to be failing in wiping out the polio virus as a third case surfaced in Balochistan during the five months of this year.
As compared to 2017 at the same point in time, only two polio cases were reported from across the country which means that instead of a decrease, there appears 50 per cent increase in polio cases on a year-on-year basis, an official of the ministry of national health services told Dawn while requesting anonymity.
By Tariq Naqash
Stormy winds wreaked havoc in many parts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday, leaving at least two people dead and several others injured.
More than 100 houses and shops were also completely or partially damaged, officials said citing preliminary reports.
Mohammad Safeer, a burger joint owner, was inspecting his under-construction house in Gulshan Colony of Muzaffarabad when a concrete block, uprooted by the strong gusty winds, hit him in the head, killing him on the spot.
By Khaleeq Kiani
ISLAMABAD: The drought-like conditions prevailing in the country since the start of the Kharif season two months ago showed early signs of fading on Monday as temperatures rose to the highest level in 10 years in the catchment areas.
The temperatures in Skardu increased suddenly to 32 degree Celsius — highest in 10 years — resulting in swift snow melting and increased river flows.
By Jamal Shahid
ISLAMABAD: The Met Office on Sunday warned residents of Islamabad that the hot weather will last for more than a week.
“We are expecting a wind storm next week, but no rains to cool the temperature in Islamabad,” said Dr Ghulam Rasul, director general of the Pakistan Meteorological Department.
He said the current prolonged intense dry heat spell as unusual and a possible impact of climate change.
SIALKOT: An elderly woman and a minor girl were killed and 24 others, including four children and eight women, injured in mortar shelling by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on villages along the Working Boundary on Sunday.
Local administration officials said the firing started in the small hours of Sunday morning and continued throughout the day.
Fazalaan Bibi, 60, wife of Rehmat Ali, died when mortar shells hit her dwelling in Kachi Maand village.
At least 10 more infants died at Mithi's Civil Hospital on Friday, reportedly of malnutrition and water-borne diseases, Dawn reported on Friday.
The parents of the deceased and ailing children lamented that they neither had healthcare facilities nor safe drinking water in their villages. People are mostly suffering from water-borne diseases as they have no other option but to drink contaminated water from wells, they said.
By Ikram Junaidi
ISLAMABAD: Despite expectations that the poliovirus would be eradicated in 2018, the emergence of two cases in Pakistan and nine cases in Afghanistan has panicked authorities in the health sectors as the two countries have been declared one block.
GILGIT: Five people were buried alive when a snow avalanche hit a jeep at Babusar top here on Wednesday evening, while one person was rescued.
According to the police, six men from Tableeghi Jamaat were travelling in a jeep to the Babusar top from Chilas to enjoy cold weather and snow. However, a snow slide hit their vehicle near the top, burying all the six.
Faiza Ilyas | Updated May 31, 2018
KARACHI: Most parts of the province remained in the grip of intensely hot weather conditions on Wednesday with Karachi experiencing its hottest day of the year at 46 degrees Celsius whereas the mercury rose to 48 degrees Celsius in the districts of Sukkur, Dadu, Mirpurkhas, Larkana and Jacobabad.
Fortunately, however, there were no media reports of any heatwave related deaths.
The temperature, according to the meteorological department, is likely to drop in Karachi on Friday onwards unlike in the rest of the province.
By Saleem Shahid
QUETTA: In a bid to overcome drought in some districts of the province, the Balochistan government has decided to use cloud seeding and artificial rain technology, a practice successfully used in drought-hit regions of the world.
Initially, the project will cater to needs of an area of 10,000 square kilometres in Gwadar district, where the catchment of four dams is located.
By Nasir Jamal
LAHORE: Ijaz Ahmed Rao has just finished sowing cotton on his 60 acres in Bahawalnagar. He is now worried that an unusual heatwave, which has gripped the country for several days, may have devastating effect on his crop.
“If the present heatwave continues for a longer period, it would stunt or slow down plant growth. That means I’ll have to spend more on fertilisers to mitigate the impact of adverse weather on my crop,” he told _Dawn_ by telephone.
At least eight infants reportedly died of malnutrition and water-borne diseases in the desert region of Mithi during the past two days, parents of the deceased children told Dawn.
The infants died at Mithi's Civil Hospital where they were brought from remote villages for treatment. With these deaths, the toll rose to 235 infant casualties during the first five months of this year.
In a worrying development, anti-polio vaccine refusals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) rose by 6,527 in May 2018 compared to refusals in April 2018.
Health Department data acquired by _DawnNewsTV_ shows that the number of refusals during an immunisation drive from May 1-3 were 26,610 compared to 20,083 in April.
QUETTA: Gastroenteritis has assumed epidemic proportion in remote areas of Awaran district, killing half a dozen people, and the Balochistan government has sought help of army doctors and other staff to provide treatment to people suffering from the disease.
KHAR / LANDI KOTAL /PESHAWAR: At least 14 people were killed and 22 others injured as heavy downpour and windstorm lashed parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) on Saturday.
Officials of the Bajaur Agency administration said that nine people were killed and 13 others suffered injuries in incidents of wall and roof collapse after a windstorm hit the area in the evening.
By Pazir Gul
MIRAMSHAH: Militancy has again reared its ugly head in North Waziristan Agency as two schools for girls there have been hit by bomb explosions and pamphlets warning locals not to send grown-up girls to educational institutions have been distributed widely.
Residents said the boundary wall of a middle school for girls, situated in the Hasokhel area of Mirali tehsil, was blown up on Wednesday night. Another middle school for girls was bombed in the same tehsil on Monday night, they said. The blast partially damaged the school’s main building.
By Pazir Gul
MIRAMSHAH: Terming the mainstreaming of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) a must for its long-term progress and prosperity, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday that the government was working to achieve the task in line with the aspirations of tribal people.
Mr Abbasi along with Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Miramshah and Ghulam Khan areas of North Waziristan Agency.