Death toll climbs as flooding continues in Pakistan
Nearly 100 people have died and tens of thousands displaced as fresh storms batter the region
A woman walks through flood waters in Karachi last week. Officials have declared a state of emergency in the city as new storms approach (AFP photo/Rizwan Tabassum)
Heavy monsoon rains triggering flash floods continued to batter parts of Pakistan, killing at least 96 people and affecting thousands of others, officials say.
At least 24 people were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 18 people in Punjab, 22 in Sindh and 16 in Balochistan, according to figures released by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Thursday.
Apart from loss of lives, the ongoing rains also displaced 84,272 people, destroyed 2,309 houses and damaged thousands of acres of standing crops.
On Wednesday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon got a briefing about the flood-caused damages from NDMA officials. The secretary general expressed resolve that UN will continue to support and remain engaged with Pakistan, according to a statement released by the NDMA after the meeting.
The northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was the worst-hit region with at least 24 people dead.
“Five people have been killed in Haripur, three in Swat, one in Lakki Marwat, two in Karak, two in Tank and one in Dera Ismail Khan in heavy downpours over the last two days,” Nadeem Khan, a senior officer at Provincial NDMA, told ucanews.com.
Five members of a family were killed when a house they were sleeping in collapsed in Haripur on Wednesday. Three people were swept away by flash floods in Swat. A woman and her child were killed in southern Karak district in rain-related accidents.
In eastern Punjab province, torrential rains killed at least 18 people and left another 65 injured. The rainwater affected 68,936 people and destroyed 140,799 acres of standing crops in Rajanpur.
According to the Meteorological Department, Lahore received 172 millimeters of rain on Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of three people. Faisalabad received 147 millimeters of rain and heavy thunderstorms have been forecast in the city today.
In Islamabad and Rawalpindi, rainwater inundated several low-lying localities, forcing people to climb to rooftops.
Officials in Karachi today declared a state of emergency as additional rain threatened the city.
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