Heavy rains kill dozens of people in Pakistan

Torrential rain in Pakistan result in death of at least 28 people after homes collapse in southwest and northwest Pakistan

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Pakistani villagers wade through floodwater in the Layyah District of Punjab Province.

Officials said on Sunday that torrential rain in Pakistan has resulted in the death of 28 people after homes collapsed in the southwest and northwest of the country.

Over the past three days, 17 people lost their lives in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, while six died in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in the northwest and five others lost their life in adjacent tribal areas, the officials said.

Among the dead were four women and six children. More than 50 people were injured in both regions.

Officials in the central province of Punjab said that they were still estimating damages in the affected areas.

“At least 17 people have died due to roofs and walls collapsing or being struck by lightning,” Zahid Saleem, chief of Baluchistan’s disaster management authority, told AFP.

A spokesman for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa disaster management authority added that houses collapsing accounted for most of the fatalities in the northwest.

In recent years, severe weather has annually hit the country, with hundreds killed and huge tracts of prime farmland destroyed.

Last summer during the rainy season, torrential downpours and flooding killed 81 people and affected almost 300,000 people across the country.