The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said on Saturday that internet and cellular services stood disrupted across areas in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa following flash floods.
“Due to flash #floods, damage to optical fibre cable & power outage, connectivity services have been impacted in Chitral, Upper Dir, Donbala, Swat, Medan, Lal Qila Samarbaghdir, Tank & DI Khan. PTA is monitoring the situation closely. Work is underway to fully restore services, the PTA said in a tweet.
Cellular data and internet services in the many areas of Balochistan were disrupted earlier in July following unrelenting rainfall and heavy flash flooding. Cities most affected include Lasbela, Kech, Panjgoor, Gawadar, Awaran, Ziarat and Mastung.
Over 300 cell sites owned by three major cellular mobile operators — Telenor, Zong and Ufone — have been affected in the cities. PTCL services were also impacted. Although Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been working to resolve the issue alongside operators for restoring of services, local residents have been left virtually cut off from the rest of the country with the floods having also cut off road access across many parts.