PTA reports internet and mobile phone service outages in several areas of KP after flash floods

People gather along a flood-damaged road after heavy monsoon rains in Quetta on August 26, 2022. — AFP
  • Communication lines were cut in several areas of the KP.
  • Chitral, Upper Dir, Donbala, Swat, Mardan among the affected.
  • The number of rain- and flood-related deaths rises to 982.

KARACHI: The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) on Saturday reported an outage of communication lines in several areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa following persistent torrential rains and flash floods across the country.

In a statement released today morning, the telecommunications regulator said the flash floods had damaged the fiber optic cable and led to power outages, due to which there is an “impact” on services.

Services were assigned to Chitral, Upper Dir, Donbala, Swat, Mardan, Lal Qila Samarbaghdir, Tank and Dera Ismail Khan.

“PTA is monitoring the situation closely. Work is underway to fully restore services,” the telecommunications authority said.

Devastating flash floods have crippled the lives of people in Pakistan, with the death toll linked to rain and floods rising to 982, according to official statistics.

Hundreds of thousands of homes have been destroyed and dozens displaced as the government appeals to international donors in its bid to help the population.

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