Five brothers were swept away in a hill torrent in Abbottabad, district Lower Kohistan, while the locals succeeded in fishing out one of the siblings alive on Friday.
Reportedly, five brothers were trapped in a torrent and the gushing waters swept them away. The siblings remained trapped in the overflowing water for almost six hours. The locals dived into the water and managed to rescue one of the brothers.
However, it is feared that his four brothers have drowned. The rescuers are trying to find their bodies.
Pictures making rounds on social media showed that the five brothers standing on a big rock amid gushing floodwater. They used a rope to tie themselves with the rock but the furious water swept them away.
On the other hand, social media users are hitting out at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for not sending helicopter to rescue trapped brothers despite many appeals as the helicopter was taken by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan to visit flood-hit area in Dera Ismail Khan.
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan, alongside CM KP Mahmood Khan, on Friday, used a government helicopter to take a bird’s eye view of the damage caused by the unprecedented rains and flash floods. He was given a detailed briefing about relief and rehabilitation activities in the area.
Talking to journalists, the former premier noted that the concerned authorities were currently estimating the damage. He stressed the need to develop dams in a bid to stop floods, saying that the PTI government was planning to build 10 dams across the country. “We can easily store water if we had dams,” he added.
Expressing grief over the loss in natural calamities, the PTI Chairman said that besides Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan has also witnessed catastrophe damages during the floods.
He urged the nation to support the relief and rehabilitation of the people and infrastructure in flood-hit areas. The former premier added that he was planning to help victims by conducting a survey of flood-affected areas.
Imran Khan also criticised the government over rising inflation, saying that economic stability was vital for the country. “The incumbent government has broken all inflation records,” he added.