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Heavy rains claim 164 lives in Pakistan

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Islamabad: Heavy rains have killed 164 people and injured more than 165 others across Pakistan since the monsoon season began in June, according to weather officials.

According to the latest situation report issue by the authority, “From June 26 till September 6, a total of 164 people have been reported killed, including 39 children, while 167 people injured in rain-related incidents and 440 houses damaged.”

“The highest number of casualties has been reported from Sindh and Punjab where 38 people in each province have been killed followed by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (28), Balochistan (26), Fata (18), Gilgit-Baltistan (8), AJK (5) and ICT (3),” the report said.

The torrential rains have also left hundreds of people homeless.

The meteorological department has warned that few spells of rainfall “embedded with isolated extreme events are expected in upper parts of the country” which may trigger floods.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and provincial government teams are carrying out rescue and relief operation in the affected areas.

The NDMA said that they have provided a total of 873 tents, 1,150 food bags to the displaced people so far. The department have also distributed 590 blankets and 1,400 sleeping bags.

It has dispatched three boats to rescue trapped people in Karachi.

The most destructive floods caused by heavy rains hit the country in 2010 in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh, sweeping away 20 per cent of the land and leaving about 1,540 people dead.

According to a UN report, 557,226 houses were destroyed and over six million people were displaced.


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