Heavy rain lashes Shangla, Battagram.
SHANGLA/BATTAGRAM -- Heavy rain coupled with strong winds and hails lashed Shangla on Tuesday, uprooting signboards, blowing away rooftops of several houses and razing walls in various parts of the district.
The rainwater accumulated on Karakoram Highway in Bisham due to blockade of sewerage line, causing severe difficulties to motorists and pedestrians.
The wind and hailstorm destroyed orchards, while power grid stations were tripped.
Musharaf Shah, a resident of Chakesar, told Dawn that his house was partially damaged in the windstorm. He said windstorm also caused damage to houses and shops in the area. In some cases people were also injured, he added.
In Bisham city, signboards of shops were blown away by strong winds and the flow of water increased in rivers and streams in the area.
Local people told Dawn that the main drain in Bisham Bazaar was blocked for over a decade and despite protests and meetings with the National Highway Authority and the district administration officials, the situation remained unchanged.
They said even after light rain water flooded Karakoram Highway, causing severe problems to residents.
Rain and hailstorm also lashed Alpuri, Dandai, Puran, Lelonai, Shahpur, Damorai, Pir Khana, Karora and other areas.
Meanwhile, heavy rain and hailstorm hit Battagram, bringing down temperature on Tuesday.
Rain and hailstorm lashed Battagram, Ajmera, Chappargram, Peshora, Shamlai, Batamori and Allai.
The rain began in the wee hours of Tuesday and continued till filing of this report in the evening. No loss of human life or damage to property was reported.