Rains death toll increases to 40
ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR: The death toll for those killed by torrential rains across Pakistan increased to 40 on Wednesday.
The worst-hit region was Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in the northwest where 31 people were killed and 65 injured as a result of heavy rain from Sunday through Wednesday.
On Wednesday, one person was killed in Peshawar, one in Nowshera, two in Malakand, and a woman and her child in Landi Kotal, bringing the day’s death toll to six. Eight people were also injured as a result. All the deaths were a result of roof collapses.
Three soldiers were also reported missing after they were hit by a snow avalanche in the northwestern district of Lower Dir. Eight people were killed in the central province of Punjab, said Shahzad Abbasi, spokesperson for the Punjab Disaster Management Authority.
One person died and another was injured when they were hit by lightning in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, said state official Shahid Hasan Malik.
Pakistan has suffered devastating monsoon floods for the last three years, including the worst in its history in 2010 when catastrophic inundations killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.