Pakistan: One die due to stampede during flour distribution in Kohat, Charsadda
Kohat: A man died and seven others were hurt due to a stampede that occurred during free flour distribution in Charsadda and Kohat districts of Pakistan on Thursday.
A man died of critical injuries he suffered after the boundary wall of a flour mill in Bannu district collapsed on him, reports Dawn News.
Flour distribution is under way across the province in line with the caretaker government’s announcement of the supply of Rs19.77 billion flour to over 5.7 million deserving families of the province free of charge during Ramazan, the month of fasting.
A stampede happened in the main Charsadda bazaar when hundreds of people showed up to receive free flour, the Pakistani newspaper reported.
Sher Afzal was killed and Jamal, Sher Alam and a woman injured in the incident, which, according to witnesses, occurred after some people fell on the ground.
The crowds later staged protest in the region.
Deputy commissioner Adnan Farid said he had ordered a probe into the incident.
He also said in future, flour would be distributed at village council level, reports the Pakistani newspaper.