Torrential rain kills 63 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

PESHAWAR: at least 63 people were killed in rain-related incidents caused the roofs of dozens of homes to collapse across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) today.

According to details, the torrential rains in KP have inundated several villages in Ghazi Garhi while 40-canal agricultural land devastated due to ongoing downpours.

The worst-hit area was Kohistan where 12 deaths were reported, followed by Shangla district where rains and landslides killed 10 people. Poorly-built homes, particularly in rural areas, are most susceptible to collapse during heavy spring rain.

A nine-year-old boy Abdullah died as roof collapsed in Shabqadar, while his mother and 11-year-old brother Faizan Ullah sustained severe wounds. Another person was killed as roof of a house caved in Kohistan, whereas continuous rains in Chilas affected land links to other parts of the province.

On the other hand, a woman and a minor drowned in storm drain in Swat, while land sliding blocked Korakaram Highway at different points, stranding dozens of passengers at several places.

However, the electricity system was also completely demolished in the rain-affected areas.

Further, the bridge linking Peshawar and Sheikhan submerged, suspending land contact from other areas whereas as many as 30 shops also inundated.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Muzaffar Said Advocate expressed grief and shock on heavy losses of precious human lives and properties due to continued rains, landslides and roofs collapse incidents in various parts of the province.

He rushed to his constituency in Dir Lower on hearing about the casualties, due to torrential rains and supervising the rescue operation there.

Meanwhile, in a condolence message Muzaffar Said Advocate expressed heartfelt sympathies with the affected families. He prayed for eternal peace of those died in rain-related incidents and early recovery of the injured persons.

No machinery from government has been sent to the rain-hit areas for the rescue of the people.

Severe weather hits the country every year, with hundreds killed and huge tracts of prime farmland destroyed in recent years. During the rainy season last summer, torrential downpours and flooding killed 81 people and affected almost 300,000 people across the country.

Earlier, at least 79 people were killed and 101 were injured as torrential rains continued to play havoc in Pakistan last month.

The authority said as many as ten persons were killed in Punjab, 19 in Baluchistan, 10 in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and 22 in Fata. 240 houses were damaged due to rain-related incidents, landslides and avalanches in different parts of the country. These include 50 houses in Balochistan, 77 in KP, 36 in Fata, four in Punjab and 73 in Azaad Jammu and Kashmir.

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