At least 36 killed in severe windstorm & rain in Pakistan
PESHAWAR: At least 36 people were killed in rain-related incidents and land-slides across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, reported on Sunday.
The gusty wind of more than 150 km per hour accompanied by rain swept through the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
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.
Almost 9 people died in Chilas because of similar incidents. Different members of a family in Tangir, including the parents, their two daughters and a son, lost their lives as a result of the roof of the house collapsing.
Separately, a nine-year-old boy Abdullah was dead in roof collapse mishap in Shabqadar while his mother and 11-year-old brother Faizan Ullah sustained severe wounds.
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.
Five died in Kohistan because of similar incidents, whereas a boulder falling on a house in Lilonai results in the death of four people. Likewise a 9-year old died in Chilmari because of the heavy rain.
Three people lost their lives in Martong and one died in Shahpur and Chakki Sair each. Four people died as a result of torrential rains in Dir Balla and Swat.Eight people belonging to one family lost their lives as a result of land sliding in Muzaffarabad.
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.
No machinery from government has been sent to the rain-hit areas for the rescue of the people.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