Swat: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Mehmood Khan on Sunday (August 28) declared that the provincial government will not allow the construction of houses and commercial structures along river banks, news sources reported.
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According to the minister, the government will strictly enforce anti-encroachment regulations and pursue criminal charges against such construction. He announced this while touring flood-affected districts in Swat, Kalam, Mingora, and Matta. He stated that the flood has caused chaos in the area and that rehabilitation operations would begin soon after the rain stopped. He also stated that the government will undertake a survey to estimate rain-related damage.
Furthermore, he claimed that the flood-related devastation is the worst in the province’s history, with many people displaced. He added that the provincial administration will approach the federal government for repair and funding. The funds will build a road network and rehabilitate impacted communities.
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It is worth noting that the country has seen exceptional rainfall, with more precipitation than usual during the monsoon season. The rains have destroyed homes and livelihoods, directly affecting an estimated 33 million people.