Disasters & Accidents

Heavy rains kill at least 27 in northwest Pakistan

Rawlakot, Pakistan, June 11 (EFE).- At least 27 people were killed and nearly 150 injured as overnight heavy rains and strong winds wreaked havoc in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a disaster manager response body said Sunday.

The deaths occurred because of house and wall collapse with the uprooting of trees and pylons, leaving many areas without electricity.

“More than 27 people died and 146 people were injured due to strong winds and heavy rains,” Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said in a statement.

The PDMA said nearly 70 houses were damaged. “Steps are being taken to ensure the supply of relief materials to the victims.”

Local administrations have begun the assessment of the situation and the losses.

On the other hand, the very severe cyclonic storm Biparjoy over the Arabian Sea has intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm about 760 km south of Karachi, Pakistan’s port city.

The storm is most likely to move further northward until June 14 morning.

Between June and October of last year, Pakistan suffered the worst floods in 12 years, which caused the death of 1,700 people.

The floods displaced eight million and affected a total of 33 million inhabitants.

According to international organizations, Pakistan requires $16.3 billion in the next three years to rebuild the country, battling a severe economic crisis. EFE


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