86 killed, 151 injured in rains in Pakistan: report

As torrential rains continued to wreak havoc, 97 houses have also been damaged.


Pakistan-based ARY News, citing the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), reported that 86 people have been killed and 151 others injured in the recent monsoon rains since June 25.

According to ARY News, the NDMA said in its report that six people died and nine others were injured due to heavy rains across Pakistan in the last 24 hours.

According to NDMA figures, there have been 86 deaths and 151 injuries so far, including 16 women and 37 children.

As torrential rains continue to wreak havoc across the country, 97 houses have also been damaged.

The death toll is highest in Punjab where 52 people died due to heavy rains. Meanwhile, 20 people have lost their lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and six in Balochistan, according to NDMA reports, reports ARY News.

In April this year, the NDMA predicted that there is a 72 per cent chance of a devastating flood in Pakistan in 2023. In a briefing to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), NDMA chairman Lt Gen Inam Haider said the temperature was rising rapidly. ARY News reported that melting glaciers and early monsoon could result in floods.

Haider said that the NDMA and Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change are monitoring 17 satellites and 36 flood early warning systems have been installed. The report said that he said that if a devastating flood like last year were to occur now, Pakistan would be thrown into a major economic crisis.

Pakistan-based Dawn reported on Saturday that two roofs collapsed in Azhar Town and Shahdara Town areas of Lahore and at least nine people were injured during the ongoing rains in Pakistan’s Punjab. No significant injuries have been reported, according to the rescue agency, reports Dawn.

Reports said that all the injured people were immediately taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Punjab Relief Commissioner Nabeel Javed visited the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) control center where he was informed about the imminent threat of flood in the rivers.

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