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Death toll from 4 days of rains rises to 63 in Pakistan with more rain on the forecast

Death toll from 4 days of rains rises to 63 in Pakistan with more rain on the forecast

In this photo provided by the Rescue 1122 Emergency Department, rescue workers and locals gather to clear the rubble of a house partially damaged by landslide due to heavy rainfall in Matta, a town in Swat Valley, Pakistan, Sunday, April 14, 2024. PTI



Peshawar, April 17

Lightning and heavy rains led to 14 deaths in Pakistan, officials said on Wednesday, bringing the death toll from four days of extreme weather to at least 63.

Most of the deaths were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in Pakistan's northwest. Collapsing buildings have killed 32 people, including 15 children and five women, said Khursheed Anwar, a spokesman for the Disaster Management Authority. Dozens more were also injured in the northwest, where 1,370 houses were damaged, Anwar said.

The eastern province of Punjab has reported 21 lighting- and collapse-related deaths, while Baluchistan, in the country's southwest, reported 10 dead as authorities declared a state of emergency following flash floods. On Wednesday, Baluchistan was bracing for more rains amid ongoing rescue and relief operations.

Pakistan is seeing heavier rain in April due to climate change, said Zaheer Ahmed Babar, a senior official at the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

“So far there has been 256 per cent above normal rainfall in Baluchistan," Babar told The Associated Press. “Overall, there has been 61 per cent above normal rainfall this month across Pakistan, and it shows climate change has already happened in our country.” In 2022, downpours swelled rivers and at one point flooded a third of Pakistan, killing 1,739 people. The floods also caused USD 30 billion in damages, from which Pakistan is still trying to rebuild.

Neighbouring Afghanistan also witnessed heavy rains this month. So far, 33 people have died in rain-related incidents there.AP

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