Death toll from Chitral floods rises to 33 as rescue and relief operations continue

Death toll from Chitral floods rises to 33 as rescue and relief operations continue

PESHAWAR: Pakistani officials Monday revised the death toll from flooding caused by torrential rains in the country’s remote north down to 33, as the military said it was flying food and medical supplies to affected areas.

On Sunday, officials had put the total number of people killed at 43, saying that 41 of them had died in a village in the Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where flash floods swept away their homes without warning.

Pakistani villagers gather after the flash flood in Ursoon village in Chitral on July 3, 2016. ─ AFP
Pakistani villagers gather after the flash flood in Ursoon village in Chitral on July 3, 2016. ─ AFP

Authorities also said two Chinese engineers had been killed at the Tarbela dam construction site in Haripur.

But on Monday officials said there had been duplication in the death count, revising the Chitral toll down to 29.

They also said two more Pakistani workers had died alongside the Chinese engineers at the dam construction site, bringing the total toll across the province to 33.

Thirteen people are still missing in Chitral, said the Chitral Deputy Commissioner Usama Waraich, adding that authorities were evacuating some residents with more rain forecast Monday.

Dozens of homes in the village of Orsoon in Chitral were damaged in the floods with the army saying Monday five of them were completely swept away.

Pakistani army personnel help villagers after their house was destroyed by flash flooding in Ursoon village in Chitral on July 3, 2016. ─ AFP
Pakistani army personnel help villagers after their house was destroyed by flash flooding in Ursoon village in Chitral on July 3, 2016. ─ AFP

The remote village had received no evacuation warning and remained cut off Monday, with roads to it damaged by the floods.

The military said it was flying in medical aid, tents and food to Orsoon by helicopter Monday.

Afghan authorities also said they had recovered 13 bodies, including of eight Pakistani soldiers, which had been swept over the border from Chitral into Afghanistan.

“We found the bodies yesterday and they were handed over to the Pakistani authorities,” Ehsanullah Fazal, head of the public health hospital in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, told AFP.

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At least six people dead as factory roof collapses in Karachi

KARACHI: At least six people died and three were injured when the roof of a cold storage factory in New Karachi’s industrial zone collapsed on Monday.

A blast in factory’s ammonia gas tank stirred a gas leakage, causing the roof of the factory to cave in.

The injured were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment, rescue sources said.

In the wake of the incident, the factory owner, Mr. Iqbal, suffered a cardiac arrest after which he was shifted to a local hospital for treatment.

Rescue and search operations for survivors are underway.

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Will Messi come back

Will Messi come back

Retired Argentina captain and star footballer Lionel Messi is considering coming of out retirement later this year, according to Argentine daily La Nacion.

Exactly a week after Messi said farewell to the sky blue and white striped Argentine jersey, La Nacion reported that the national skipper will be back in November.

The Barcelona forward lost three major international finals over the past two years, the last disappointment coming after the loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario last Monday.

Messi was also leading Argentina during the 2014 World cup campaign in Brazil in which the La Albiceleste lost the final to Germany courtesy’s Mario Gotze’s goal late in extra time.

Last year, Messi’s Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final which was decided after penalty shoot-outs.

The continuous heartbreak of failing to get hold of his first international honour despite coming so close thrice in two years was enough for Messi to decide that the national team is ‘not for him’.

However, if reports of a rift with the Argentine Football Association are true, the Argentine number 10 may take back his earlier decision.

A source close to Messi says that the 29-year-old ‘is already obsessed with the 2018 World Cup’ which will be held in Russia, according to La Nacion.

The source, an ex-teammate, said Messi will miss the World Cup Qualifiers Argentina are scheduled to play in September but will feature during the international break in November.

After Messi’s retirement announcement, Argentine fans, the country’s president and former football great, Deigo Maradona, begged the national team’s captain not to quit.

“He has to stay because he still has playing days ahead of him,” Maradona was quoted as saying by La Nacion. “He will go to Russia in form to be world champion.”

After an outpouring of disappointment by fans online, Argentinian President Macri joined the calls for the Barcelona superstar to stay with Argentina.

Macri on Twitter said that “more than ever I feel great pride for our team. I hope we can continue to have the joy of seeing the world’s best player for many years.”

“He called him and told him how proud he feels of the national team’s performance and asked him not to listen to the criticism,” a spokesman for the president told AFP by telephone.

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Rupee slides versus euro

Rupee slides versus euro

In the local currency market, the rupee last week showed a firm trend against the dollar but was seen under some pressure against the euro, after the dollar, in international trade, surged against the major currencies due to anxiety over the aftermath of Britain’s decision to quit the European Union.

The sterling managed to recover partial losses against the rupee in the week after two days of a brutal selloff in sterling sparked by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union in the previous week. The market is expected to remain dull due to a prolonged weekend ahead of Eid holidays next week.

Last week on the interbank market, the rupee turned positive against the dollar after snapping past a three week losing streak. In the fourth trading session, however, the dollar staged a rebound as the rupee posted nine-paisas loss, hitting the week’s lowest level at Rs104.82 and Rs104.84. The interbank operation was shortened by one session due to the Bank Holiday on July 1.


Sterling manages to recover partial losses against the rupee in the week after two days of a brutal sell-off


During the week, the rupee posted one-paisas gain against the dollar on the buying counter while the parity did not show any change on the selling counter on week on week basis.

In the open market, the week ended on a negative note as the rupee posted ten-paisas loss in the fifth trading session and was last seen changing hands against the dollar at Rs105.00 and Rs105.20, hitting almost a week low.

On week on week basis, the parity in the open market did not show any change last week. Against the rupee, the dollar lost ten-paisas in one session but managed to recover by the same amount in another session while trading flat in three sessions.

Against euro, the rupee rebounded sharply last week. Staging sharp recoveries, the rupee was seen trading at a four-month high as the euro came under pressure in overseas trade after Brexit clouded the future of the rest of the bloc.

Commencing the week on a positive note, the rupee gained 90paisas on the buying counter and 70paisas on the selling counter, hitting almost a six-month high.

However, a divergent trend was witnessed against the euro the second trading session onwards; the rupee fell versus the euro till the fourth straight session. It shed another ten-paisas in the last trading session before closing the week against euro at Rs115.90 and Rs116.90.

During the week in review, the euro thus gained Rs1.10 in four sessions and lost 90paisas in one session on the buying counter.

On the selling counter, it lost 75paisas in two sessions and gained 65paisas in three sessions.

On week on week basis, the rupee thus lost 20paisas on the buying counter and ten-paisas on the selling counter against euro.

Source (Dawn News)

Money in Swiss banks: India slips to 75th position, Pakistan placed at 69th place

NEW DELHI: India has slipped to 75th place in terms of money held by its citizens in Switzerland’s banks, while the United Kingdom remains on top.

India was placed at the 61st place last year. It used to be among top 50 countries in terms of holdings in Swiss banks till 2007.

The country was ranked highest, at the 37th place, in 2004.

As per the latest annual update on Swiss banks, released by Switzerland’s central bank (Swiss National Bank), the total money held there by foreign clients fell by nearly 4 per cent to Swiss franc (CHF) 1.42 trillion at the end of 2015.

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Over 200 dead in Baghdad bombing as Iraq mourns

Over 200 dead in Baghdad bombing as Iraq mourns

BAGHDAD: Iraq begins three days of national mourning on Monday for over 200 people killed by a suicide bombing in a busy Baghdad shopping district claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group, the deadliest attack in the capital this year.

At least 213 people were killed in Sunday’s Baghdad suicide bombing claimed by IS, officials said, making it one of the deadliest ever militant attacks in Iraq.

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